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More Savvy Than We Can Hope To Be: A Generational Lens on ICTs in the Changing Workplace

Phillip Ayoub and Bridget Blodgett

(Submission #289)


Abstract

We take a generational lens to the study of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the changing U.S. workplace. Specifically, we draw from a broader qualitative workplace study on generational difference to explore the questions: What generational differences exist in the workplace around ICTs and how might these differences be reshaping the culture and boundaries of the workplace? We present two preliminary findings related to generational differences in the socio-emotional relationship with ICTs and differences in the socio-technical nature of their work-life relationships. In conclusion, we discuss potential implications of these changes, as well as critical questions to be addressed in future research around generational differences, the changing culture of U.S. workplaces, and the role of ICTs in the workplace.

Categories

Program Track:  Track 6 - Information and Society: Economic, Political, Social Issues
Submission Type:  Short Paper

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