Reaching the ideal level of work life balance can be beneficial for various factors, including well-being and health. Research has already shown that technology plays an important role in facilitating or diminishing work life balance. In this research in progress paper, we want to find out which design elements a) individuals prefer and b) can minimize work life conflict based on their boundary preference. To test our proposed model, we plan to conduct a 2 (Boundary Preference Design: Integration vs. Separation) x 2 (Automaticity: Manual vs. Automatic) between-subjects experiment. With our results, we aim to extend the theory of IT-related boundary tactics by showing which design options are getting preferred depending on the individual boundary preference.
Roeding, Kristina; Jahn, Katharina; Weigel, Andreas; and Niehaves, Björn, "Individualized Design: The role of individual boundary preferences on technology acceptance and work-life conflict" (2019). PACIS 2019 Proceedings. 107.