Abstract

Technology plays a major and ever-increasing role in individuals’ efforts to achieve and maintain a balance between work and home. Over the last decade, research investigating the relationship between information technologies (IT) and individuals’ boundary management (i.e., tactics or strategies used to manage work and non-work roles) has started to emerge. In the present study, we review the extant literature on this topic and find that it does not represent individuals’ practices very well, yet. We identify three central themes that previous research findings can be categorized into and discuss the treatment of the IT-artifact as well as dynamic perspectives in this literature. We then offer a framework of IT-based boundary management. This framework can help illustrate what we know and what we still need to know about the role of technology in individuals’ boundary management. It can therefore serve as a foundation for programmatic future research in this area and emphasizes the need for organizational and IS scholars to collaborate on this interdisciplinary topic.

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