Growing the Virtual Workplace

Growing the Virtual Workplace

The Integrative Value Proposition for Telework

Alain Verbeke, Robert Schulz, Nathan Greidanus and Laura Hambley

Unique features of the book include an integrative framework for increasing telework adoption; practical tips – specific to each stakeholder – on how best to implement and measure telework; and an analysis of original survey data exploring the virtual workplace adoption decision.

Chapter 12: Telework Adoption: An Organizational Perspective

Alain Verbeke, Robert Schulz, Nathan Greidanus and Laura Hambley

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, strategic management


The telework adoption decision at the organizational level can be either driven from the top down (induced) or developed from the bottom up with employee initiatives (autonomous). As illustrated by the EOS integrative telework framework, the adoption of telework at the organizational level will be heavily influenced by the perception and realization of telework impacts. This relationship is probably most salient at the organizational level, because organizational decisions are driven by performance indicators such as cost savings and increased profit, productivity and employee retention – all of which are measurable impacts of the telework arrangement. In this chapter we explore the adoption of telework from an organizational perspective. Continuing from the last chapter, we utilize primary data collected from surveys of 284 employees, as well as surveys of the 14 organizations from which the employee sample was drawn. Our analysis seeks to assess how telework impacts are perceived from the organizational viewpoint. We also analyse the interaction effect that organizations have on the employee telework adoption decision. We end this chapter with a brief overview of secondary data that indicate potential intra-organizational telework adoption rates. METHOD AND SAMPLE Our organizational-level data is drawn from FTF interviews with personnel managers from 14 organizations. Empirical results were also derived from surveys filled out by these managers. The organizational-level surveys followed a similar format to those administered at the employee level. These surveys captured basic demographic information including organizational size by number of employees, years in operation, the presence of an...

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