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Leadership in Higher Education in Adopting a Telecommuting Program

Leadership in Higher Education in Adopting a Telecommuting Program
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Author(s): P. J. Snodgrass (University of Tennessee, USA) and Ernest W. Brewer (University of Tennessee, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 13
Source title: Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling and Training
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viktor Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-068-2.ch036

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Abstract

This study explored the perceived motivators and constraints that influence adoption of a telecommuting program at higher education institutions. Participants were 102 members of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) from 11 southern states. Sixty-four participants completed a 4-part survey via the World Wide Web; 38 participants completed the survey by mail. Both adopters and non-adopters of telecommuting programs identified that the primary motivator for adopting a telecommuting program was improvement of overall benefits to employees. Whereas adopters reported that cost of implementation was the primary constraint to adopting a telecommuting program, non-adopters reported a variety of other factors as the primary constraint. Results of this study have implications for implementation of and research on telecommuting programs in higher education.

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