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Working Betwixt And Between: Virtual Teamwork In Management Consulting
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Covid-19 has disrupted social norms, cultural practices, and established ways of working – from going to work and meeting physically, to working remotely or in hybrid formats. This change has been particularly salient in project-based professional service firms (PSFs), which are based on team collaboration. However, the shift towards remote and hybrid work means that both the teams and their members increasingly find themselves in a state of liminality, working betwixt and between. The current study explores how professionals in project-based PSFs experience and navigate liminality caused by remote teamwork. Based on an interview study with 32 management consultants, we find that the pandemic has forced the consultants into a state in which they have to deal with three liminal states simultaneously. Thus, they experience and must navigate triple liminality: liminality as a process, liminality as a position and liminality as a place. We contribute to the literature on the future of work, particularly in PSFs, and the still scant but growing literature on liminality in professional services. 

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2023.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-197122OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-197122DiVA, id: diva2:1790954
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European Group of Organization Studies Colloquium 2023, Sub-theme 62: Professional Work(ers): Past, Present, and Future/s, Cagliari, Italy
Available from: 2023-08-24 Created: 2023-08-24 Last updated: 2023-11-09

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