Psychological Underpinnings of the Work-Site Selection Process of Knowledge Workers

April J. Spivack, Ashay Desai

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As a result of technological advances, knowledge workers have become increasingly mobile; people can perform work in a variety of new locations via an assortment of new working arrangements. Knowledge workers are now faced with the question of where to work. We argue that the process of work-site selection depends on the relationship between a variety of individual factors such as motivation, cognitive and affective evaluation, and regulatory focus as they interact with self-regulatory resources. Specifically, we use a dynamic interactionist perspective to integrate components of social exchange, self-determination, regulatory focus, and self-regulation theories. The resulting conceptual model contributes to the existing literature by integrating different theoretical sets of predictor variables and examining their effect on self-regulatory resources, which have implications for productivity and well-being. We discuss implications and avenues for future work exploring these relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalOrganization Management Journal
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)123-139
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • knowledge workers
  • motivation
  • autonomy
  • flexible work arrangements
  • telecommuting


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