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Does Telework increase productivity?

Assignment 2: The proposition

Bachelor Thesis “ Does Telework increase productivity”
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Boudewijn Schuitmaker348393bs
Robin Kettenes335450rk
Marlot Sep 337273ms

Bachelor Thesis “Does Telework increase productivity”
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Team: Group 6 (BA-02-06)
Assignment number: 9
Date: 13-06-2012

Disclaimer:

“This document is written by Marlot Sep, Robin Kettenes and Boudewijn Schuitmaker, who declare that each of them takes responsibility for the full contents of the whole document. We declare that the text and the work presented in this document is original and that no sources other than mentioned in the text and its references have been used in creating it. RSM is only responsible for supervision of completion of the work but not for the contents.”

Index

Summary of the research proposal4
1.Preface6
2.Abstract7
3.Introduction8
4.Literature review12
5.Methods17
6.Results19
7.Discussion26
Appendix28
Bibliography35

* Summary of the research proposal

In this chapter a summary of the research proposal can be found.

Summary| |
Name instructor| Dhr. Nick van der Meulen|
Team number| 6|
Name student 1| Robin Kettenes|
Name student 2| Boudewijn Schuitmaker|
Name student 3| Marlot Sep|
Proposition| Telework will lead to an increase in productivity| Focal unit| Employees who perform their work at other places than at the office itself, for at least one day a week| Theoretical domain| All employees who work at other places than at the office itself, for at least one day a week, in the Netherlands.| Concept 1 | Telework|

Concept 2 | Employees’ Productivity|
Type of relation | Causal|
Minimum size of the effect for having managerial relevance| The minimal size of effect for having managerial relevance is 20 % increase of productivity. | Typical parameter of effect size used in previous tests| Items scales difference in productivity means is used between teleworkers and non-teleworkers. | Range of effect sizes obtained in the replication history| In the replication history on average an effect of productivity increase of 20% is measured by teleworking. (Newman, 1989), (Dubrin, 1991) and (Hartman, 1992)| Preferred research strategy| Longitudinal survey|

Actual research strategy| Considering the research time (two months time) and the context of this research (a Bachelor thesis project) a cross-sectional survey is chosen.| Population that is surveyed, or from which subjects are recruited| Population that is surveyed are executive employees of the department of Operations & Services of the organization of TNT Express Benelux in Houten, the Netherlands. The number of subjects is 22. | Expected pattern (or “hypothesis”)| The expected pattern for the hypothesis “teleworking will lead to more productivity” is a regression of 0.20, meaning that an increase in teleworking will lead to an increase of 0.20 in an amount of productivity.The expected pattern for the hypothesis “distraction will have a negative influence on the relation between teleworking and productivity” is a regression of -0.20, meaning that an increase in distraction will lead to an decrease of 0.20 in a amount of productivity, when teleworking.| Observed pattern| The observed pattern for the hypothesis “teleworking will lead to moreproductivity” is a negative relation with a regression beta score of -1,311,meaning that if the degree of teleworking increases with one unit, the productivity will decrease with 1,311.The observed pattern for the hypothesis “distraction will have a negative influence on the relation between teleworking and productivity” is a positive relation with a regression beta score of 0,188. Thus, for the increase of one unit distraction, the productivity will increase with 0,188.| Test result| Teleworking has a negative effect...
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