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SMART BIS/LITEM seminar 7 February 2022

The SMART BIS research team is honoured to have Prof. Saonee Sarker from Lund University for our first research seminar for 2022.

We are honoured to have Prof. Saonee Sarker from Lund University for this occasion. She is an eminent scholar in the IS disciple with several years of senior editorship experience in top tier journals such as MISQ.  Her bio and the abstract of the work titled "Addressing Humanistic Outcomes of Technology through a Multi-Method Examination of Work-life Balance in IT work" is appended below.

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Saonee Sarker is currently a Professor of Informatics at Lund University, Sweden. Until recently, she served as the Senior Associate Dean and was also the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. Prior to that, she was the Hubman Distinguished Professor of MIS and the Chair of the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship at Washington State University. She has also been Visiting Professor at University of Augsburg, Germany, and Aalto University, Finland, among others.  Her research focuses on human-AI hybrids, globally distributed software development, Green IS, and implications of IT in healthcare. Her publications have appeared in outlets such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Decision Sciences Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Journal, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Information and Management, among others. She has also won multiple Best Paper Awards at leading conferences. Furthermore, her research on Work-Life Balance has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, which has resulted in her recently published Palgrave-Macmillan book titled Navigating Work and Life Boundaries: Insights for Distributed Knowledge Professionals.

Currently, she is Senior Editor (Emeritus) at MIS Quarterly, having served as a two-term Senior Editor from January 2017 till December 2021. In the past, she has served as an Associate Editor at MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences Journal, and Communications of the AIS, and has received multiple awards for her editorial roles including Outstanding Associate Editor at both MIS Quarterly and Decision Sciences Journal. Starting January 1, 2022, she is serving as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at MIS Quarterly, and also as Senior Editor at Journal of the AIS.

Paper Title:Addressing Humanistic Outcomes of Technology through a Multi-Method Examination of Work-life Balance in IT work"

Recently, there has been calls within the IS discipline to look beyond instrumental outcomes and “recommit” to the humanistic outcomes of technology. The recent pandemic and work-from-home arrangements has heightened the importance of understanding human well-being impacts. One area where such a focus needs particular attention is globally distributed software development (GDSD) and other similar forms of IT and knowledge work. While the objective of such arrangements has been to harness appropriate human capital, scant attention has been paid toward addressing the human resource issues faced by these IT professionals. One particularly challenging problem has been that of Work-Life Balance (WLB) of the IT professionals involved in GDSD, who routinely experience overlaps and conflicts between their work and personal life domains. While WLB is an issue in the current era in general, the GDSD context adds many layers of challenges arising from time differences, requirements instability, technology, and other forms of diversity. In order to develop a deeper understanding of these recognized challenges, and their impacts, a multi-method program of study was developed. The results provide a more complete, theoretically-informed, and hopefully credible understanding of the antecedents and consequences of WLB issues within distributed settings in general, and within GDSD settings, in particular, where the existing literature offers limited guidance. We believe that our findings help assess and improve the “working conditions” of employees involved in IT work across distributed locations as well as those continuing to work from home during the pandemic. We provide insights on how organizations can structure these arrangements such that the employees’ productivity and well-being can both be pursued.

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