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Can We Be Coworkers and Friends? An Inductive Study of the Experience and Management of Virtual Coworker Friendships

Abstract Scholars and practitioners increasingly recognize that coworker friendships are integral to both individual- and organizational-level outcomes. At the same time, though, the rapid increase in virtual work has taken a principal source of adult friendships – workplaces – and drastically changed the way that individuals interact within them. No longer are proximity and extra-organizational socializing, two of the strongest predictors of coworker friendships in a co-located workplace, easily accessible. How, then, do employees become friends with each other when interacting mostly online? Once these virtual coworker friendships are forged, individuals must balance the often-conflicting norms of the friendship relationship with the coworker rela... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Schinoff, Beth S. (Author) / Ashforth, Blake E (Advisor) / Corley, Kevin G (Committee member) / Wellman, Edward (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Organizational behavior / Coworker friendship / Friendships at work / Relationships at work / Tension / Virtual work
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 207 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Business Administration 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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