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Virtual Mobility and the Lonely Cloud: Theorising the Mobility-Isolation Paradox for Self-Employed Knowledge-Workers in the Online Home-Based Business Context

Daniel, E, Di Domenico, MariaLaura and Nunan, D (2017) Virtual Mobility and the Lonely Cloud: Theorising the Mobility-Isolation Paradox for Self-Employed Knowledge-Workers in the Online Home-Based Business Context Journal of Management Studies, 55 (1). pp. 174-203.

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Abstract

We advance both mobility and paradox theorizing by advocating the new concepts of “mobility-isolation paradox” and “paradoxical imagination”. These emerged from examining the nuanced, multifaceted conceptualizations of the mobility-isolation tensions facing homebased, self-employed, online knowledge-workers. We thereby enhance current conceptual understandings of mobility, isolation and paradox by analyzing knowledge-workers’ interrelated, multidimensional experiences within restrictive home-based working contexts. We compare the dearth of research and theorizing about these autonomous online knowledgeworkers with that available about other types of knowledge-workers, such as online homebased employees, and the more physically/corporeally mobile self-employed. This research into an increasingly prevalent knowledge-worker genre addresses these knowledge gaps by analyzing home-based knowledge-workers’ views, and tensions from paradoxical pressures to be corporeally mobile and less isolated. Despite enjoying career, mental and virtual mobility through internet-connectedness, they were found to seek face-to-face social and/or professional interactions, their isolation engendering loneliness, despite their solitude paradoxically often fostering creativity and innovation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Daniel, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Di Domenico, MariaLauraM.Didomenico@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Nunan, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 8 December 2017
Identification Number : 10.1111/joms.12321
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Society for the Advancement of Management Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords : Home-Based Online Businesses; Isolation; Knowledge-Worker; Mobility; Paradox Theory; Self-employment
Depositing User : Jane Hindle
Date Deposited : 10 Oct 2017 08:06
Last Modified : 13 Dec 2017 10:02
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842492

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