Does Telework increase productivity?
Assignment 2: The proposition
Bachelor Thesis “ Does Telework increase productivity”
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Bachelor Thesis “Does Telework increase productivity”
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Team: Group 6 (BA-02-06)
Assignment number: 9
“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.”
Summary of the research proposal
* Summary of the research proposal
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| Dhr. Nick van der Meulen
Name student 1
| Robin Kettenes
Name student 2
| Boudewijn Schuitmaker
Name student 3
| Marlot Sep
| 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
| Employees’ Productivity
Type of relation
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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