Journal of Business Economics

, Volume 89, Issue 8–9, pp 1191–1214 | Cite as

Digitalization, innovative work behavior and extended availability

  • Elisabeth NöhammerEmail author
  • Stefan Stichlberger
Original Paper


Digitalization has tremendous positive, but also negative potential for the organization and individual employees. The basic question therefore is how to design a digitalized environment that fosters idea generation and development and ensures good working practices of employees. In order to understand the requirements for the latter, the current implications of digitalization on employees have to be understood. This is of specific importance for expert organizations as these are dependent on product and service innovation as competitive advantage. In this paper, we focus on the antecedents of a very specific outcome of digitalization related to employee behavior with postulated influence on innovative capacity: extended availability and subsequent insufficient detachment with its potential consequences. Since the drivers and the extent of extended availability for work have not been sufficiently researched so far, the basis for developing solutions is incomplete. In this paper, we therefore investigate the working habits and reasons related to extended work related availability. Based on a quantitative investigation in three steps and using structural equation modelling, we show the interaction between the drivers of extended availability and the resulting additional time spent for working in expert organizations. By doing so, our research contributes to the discussion of optimizing the degree of digitalization employed or promoted in organization and establishes the link between the digitalized work setting, observed behavior, and its reasons.


Digitalization Innovative work behavior Extended availability Employees Drivers Detachment 

JEL Classification

I230 J810 M540 O310 



The Authors wish to thank Dr. Werner Hackl for his contributions to parts of the research project. This research was funded by Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds (UNI-0404/1704).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Public Health, Health Services Research and HTAUMIT - Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and TechnologyHall in TirolAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Management and Economics in Healthcare, Department for Public Health, Health Services Research and HTAUMIT - Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and TechnologyHall in TirolAustria

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