Title: The impact of telework on creativity of professional employees in Sri Lanka: componential and social cognitive theoretical views

Authors: N.P.G.S.I. Naotunna; H.P.R. Priyankara

Addresses: Department of Business Management, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka ' Department of Business Management, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka

Abstract: The modern technologies promisingly influence the social lives, and create the way of working more comfortable than ever before. Consequently, telework is becoming increasingly popular among professional workers. Although research has focused on different outcomes of telework, its impact on individual creativity is rarely studied. Therefore, this research attempts to examine the impact of telework on creativity. Data were collected from a sample of professional employees working in the software industry in Sri Lanka. The results of the path analysis revealed that the extent of telework positively and significantly impacts the creativity of professional employees. Also, autonomy mediates the effect of extent of telework on creativity of professional employees. Overall, this study would be an eye-opener for both practitioners and researchers to implement and investigate telework as an alternative job design enriched with mobile learning that allows the professional employees to be more creative in contemporary organisations.

Keywords: autonomy; creativity; creative self-efficacy; professional employees; telework.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2020.108228

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2020 Vol.14 No.3, pp.357 - 369

Received: 19 Nov 2019
Accepted: 22 Jan 2020

Published online: 04 May 2020 *

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