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The Temporal and Spatial Boundaries of Work and Nonwork of Business Travellers: A Study of a Multinational Firm in the Consulting Industry

posted on 19.07.2017, 00:19 authored by MARCO FRANK MALISZEWSKI
This qualitative study explores the work-nonwork challenges and spatio-temporal role boundaries of hypermobile management consultants working at a Big Four professional firm. It makes three central contributions. First, frequent business travel emerged as a “necessary evil” with adverse consequences at the individual and organisational level. Second, consultants’ spatio-temporal role boundaries were found to be unusually elusive. This contribution offers intellectual opportunities for theorising work and nonwork in novel ways; that is adopting a more fluid perspective on the role content of time and space. Finally, this study offers actionable recommendations which can help management consultancies to achieve a competitive advantage through the strategic management of labour hypermobility.


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Principal supervisor

Fang Cooke

Additional supervisor 1

Lakmal Abeysekera

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Business and Economics