Electronic Media Addiction at the Workplace: Construct Development and Measurement


Sander Paul Zwanenburg
  • Speaker
School of Business, University of Hong Kong

Event Information

Type
Research Seminar
Programme
Information Management
Date
Tue. 11 Sep. 2012
Contact
Time
11:30-13:00 hours
E-mail
Location
Mandeville Building T3-42
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Abstract

Like other types of addictions, Electronic Media Addiction (EMA) could lead to psychological and behavioral dysfunctions. Social networks, computer games and SMS are among the main culprits of such addiction. Surprisingly, the MIS literature has paid scant attention to this important area of research. We have little understanding of the antecedents of the construct, nor do we know much about the exact dynamics by which EMA manifests itself at the workplace. This dissertation aims to elucidate the meaning of EMA by building on the extant literature in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. More specifically, we propose a theoretical model of EMA to test a hypothesized structure of the construct before developing a measurement instrument. The proposed conceptual model and measurement scale should pave the way for further academic inquiry into the nature of this ever-important construct. The results of the study will also provide practical guidelines to organizations as to how to mitigate the deleterious effects of EMA at the workplace.

Lunch included. Please register with Ingrid Waaijer (iwaaijer@rsm.nl).
Eric van Heck
Professor of Information Management and Markets
  • Coordinator