By when do you need this done? Discovering knowledge workers' time management practices

Dezhi Wu, Katia Passerini, Michael R. Bartolacci

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Abstract

This research investigates knowledge workers' individual time management practices. At an academic institution in the United States, a set of in-depth semi-structured interviews was conducted to explore how individual knowledge workers manage their time demands and respond to the temporal norms and boundaries designed by their organizations. This research extends and applies taxonomies used for knowledge management to time management. Based on the qualitative analysis, a variety of approaches to managing time were identified. Personal time management practices mainly involve individual and organizational constraints that guide the perception of time and the allocation of resources around deadlines, distinguishing between work and family contexts. Moreover, the research shows that knowledge workers focus on conditional knowledge of time (i.e., understanding when the deadlines are), and pragmatic knowledge (i.e., finding out appropriate strategies for achieving time management goals). Study limitations and future research opportunities are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
Pages1653-1659
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 14 2008Aug 17 2008

Publication series

Name14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
Volume3

Other

Other14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period8/14/088/17/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems

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    Wu, D., Passerini, K., & Bartolacci, M. R. (2008). By when do you need this done? Discovering knowledge workers' time management practices. In 14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008 (pp. 1653-1659). (14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008; Vol. 3).