Boundaries and role conflict when work and family are colocated: A communication network and symbolic interaction approach

Michelle Shumate, Janet Fulk

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

65 Scopus citations

Abstract

A basic tenet of this article is that organizations of different form, texture and size emerge and interact thus creating 'fields'. This article explores how boundary characteristics of the various organizations in a particular field may influence developments in that field. The perspective taken here takes into consideration a multitude of interacting organization types, ranging from informal groups to large formal organizations. A framework of interpretation is developed to assist in the distinction between organizations on the basis of their boundary properties. The framework is applied to a field involving the setting up and development of a virtual organization. On the basis of this framework, certain developments in the field are interpreted through the lens of the boundary characteristics of the organizations involved. The findings are critically discussed and implications are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-74
Number of pages20
JournalHuman Relations
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2004

Keywords

  • Organization theory
  • Organizational boundaries
  • Organizational fields
  • Social networks
  • Work/family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Boundaries and role conflict when work and family are colocated: A communication network and symbolic interaction approach'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this