The impact of a global pandemic on the future of remote work

Armin Peroznejad

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

Purpose – We have most recently witnessed drastic overnight changes globally, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. This unprecedented world level event has shown that the whole earth can shut down in an instant, with major reconstructions rapidly applied when the stakes are so high. Remote work provides an alternative method of working for organizations with benefits and challenges for both employer and employee. The rise and transition to remote work seems to be at its peak as more people work from home or look to secure an avenue to work from home for the future. The focus of this paper is to assess the likely impact of covid-19 pandemic on remote working attitudes and the feasibility of home working on a mass scale.
Design – Based predominantly on a literature review alongside primary data source of interviews. Using a qualitative approach to elaborate on and explain qualitative theories, data and findings. This will be accomplished drawing upon data and literature relating to jobs, resources, management and dynamic capability theories. An interview sample of 10 respondents provide the data set complimenting the literature review.
Findings – The findings indicate the feasibility and challenges of long-term remote working on a mass scale for greater society. The significant drivers of remote work are; autonomy, digitalisation, automation, work life balance. Whilst significant barriers are; lack of trust, training and adaptation, lack of tools, costs and reclusion.
Practical implications – The proposed thesis ultimately helps to understand remote work and transitions, either currently taking place or that will eventually take place. Recommendations for future research will also be delivered.
Value – This thesis provides real time testimony to a very pressing current and global predicament, whilst contributing to an understanding of factors leading to the success or failure of Remote work

EducationsKandidatuddannelse i Innovation and Entrepreneurship, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages117
SupervisorsLiana Razmerita