A study on the inclination of Jamaican employees to opt for telework: A comparison with findings for United Kingdom employees
Sandra M. Palmer-Peart, Nova Southeastern University, United States
Nova Southeastern University . Awarded
As companies across the globe explore new work arrangements, to cater to the needs of the ‘new employee’ in the information age, telework presents an attractive proposition. In a cultural framework, this study explored the inclination of Jamaican employees to opt for telework. Fishbein and Ajzen's behavioral model, Hofstede's ‘four dimensions’ and Ronen and Shenkar's ‘country cluster’ analysis formed the theoretical base for the study. The research model posited that values, norms and beliefs are impacted by personality, culture and the environment, which determines attitudes. Attitudes lead to inclination, which is moderated by personal demographics.
Using an instrument specially designed for this study, the researcher was able to identify the antecedents of inclination to opt for telework, in Jamaica. The results showed that a positive inclination to telework exists among Jamaican employee, similar to their counterparts in the United Kingdom. It was also established that the significance of differences or similarities between countries, in the context of culture and behavior, are the implications for management conceptions about the motivation of workers.
Palmer-Peart, S.M. A study on the inclination of Jamaican employees to opt for telework: A comparison with findings for United Kingdom employees. Ph.D. thesis, Nova Southeastern University.
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