Boundary work tactics: Negotiating the work-home interface

Glen E. Kreiner, Elaine C. Hollensbe, Mathew L. Sheep

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We document how members of a particularly problematic occupation engage in boundary work to negotiate the demands between work and home life. Building upon Nippert-Eng's (1996) notion of "boundary work," we discovered and classified physical, behavioral, cognitive, and temporal tactics that subjects used to help create their ideal level of work-family segmentation. Our findings are based two qualitative studies with Episcopal priests. The first involved analysis of open-ended surveys of 220 priests, while the second involved detailed coding of hour-long interviews with 60 other priests. Our findings extend past theoretical and empirical work by demonstrating individuals' abilities to effectuate desired changes in their work-home balance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2006
Event66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2006Aug 16 2006


Other66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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