Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MOS WORKSHOP - Ioana Lupu - Tuesday, April 9th 2019 - 9:15 am

The Management Department & The Research Center


Ioana Lupu
will present her paper

Tuesday, April 9th 2019
   Room N231 – 9:15 a.m. in Cergy
3:15 p.m. in Singapore

Theme: Optimal Busyness. Temporality of Control and Control of Temporality in Professional Service Firms

Abstract: How do professionals experience and cope with sustained busyness? This paper explores how and why individuals who regularly work long hours are drawn to prefer and maintain busyness even during quieter periods. This is puzzling in the light of current work-life balance studies which emphasize individuals’ desire to strike a balance between work and private life. Drawing on 146 interviews and more than 300 weekly diaries from two professional service firms, we advance prior research on temporality and organizational control. We do this by theorizing the temporality of controls, which we define as the ability of controls to craft busyness as an attractive and desirable temporal experience. We show how in response to controls individuals respond by attempting to control temporality through time manipulation and body instrumentalization in order to create optimal busyness, a state characterized by a balance between perceived controls and autonomy, where individuals feel in control of temporality