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    ‘Mental mobility’ in the digital age: entrepreneurs and the online home-based business

    Di Domenico, M. and Daniel, E. and Nunan, Daniel (2014) ‘Mental mobility’ in the digital age: entrepreneurs and the online home-based business. New Technology, Work and Employment 29 (3), pp. 266-281. ISSN 0268-1072.

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    Abstract

    Home-based online business ventures are an increasingly pervasive yet under-researched phenomenon. The experiences and mindset of entrepreneurs setting up and running such enterprises require better understanding. Using data from a qualitative study of 23 online home-based business entrepreneurs, we propose the augmented concept of ‘mental mobility’ to encapsulate how they approach their business activities. Drawing on Howard P. Becker's early theorising of mobility, together with Victor Turner's later notion of liminality, we conceptualise mental mobility as the process through which individuals navigate the liminal spaces between the physical and digital spheres of work and the overlapping home/workplace, enabling them to manipulate and partially reconcile the spatial, temporal and emotional tensions that are present in such work environments. Our research also holds important applications for alternative employment contexts and broader social orderings because of the increasingly pervasive and disruptive influence of technology on experiences of remunerated work.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Depositing User: Daniel Nunan
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2017 11:21
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 08:37
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/17835

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