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Where does work belong anymore? The implications of intensive homebased working

Oliver Mallett (Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)
Abigail Marks (Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)
Lila Skountridaki (The University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, UK)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 7 September 2020

Issue publication date: 15 December 2020




The purpose of this paper, a “thought piece”, is to consider the everyday realities of homebased working and the implications for work during a global pandemic and beyond.


The authors present a conceptual framework for considering the domestic sphere as a social space and apply this framework to consider the existing evidence base on homebased working. In particular, the authors consider the implications of homebased working during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of gender.


The authors identify key challenges in relation to flexibility, work intensification and socio-economic differences. Consideration of these areas highlights the potential pitfalls and challenges that are likely to persist as many organisations begin to plan for an increase in homebased working.


The authors argue that some commentators have been too quick to celebrate the apparent successes of the sudden, unplanned move to intensive homebased working. Important differences in occupation, gender and other socio-economic factors will have important implications for the experience of homebased working for many workers and their co-residents.



This article draws on ideas developing as part of a research project funded by UK Research and Innovation. The editors invited the authors to be a part of this special issue on COVID-19.


Mallett, O., Marks, A. and Skountridaki, L. (2020), "Where does work belong anymore? The implications of intensive homebased working", Gender in Management, Vol. 35 No. 7/8, pp. 657-665.



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