Telework as a Driver of the Third Sector and its Networks

Telework as a Driver of the Third Sector and its Networks

Angel Belzunegui-Eraso (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain), Amaya Erro-Garcés (Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain) and Inmaculada Pastor-Gosálbez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2667-6.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter examines the role of telework as a driving force behind third sector activities and in the creation of networks and links between organizations in that sector. Telework as a tool has generated considerable change in the traditional organization of work. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to respond more quickly to customer requirements and to users and beneficiaries of third sector and social economy organizations. Online connections and services provided by telework have also led to a greater density of contacts between organizations in the third sector, which promotes the transmission of information and collaborative practices in providing services to the public.
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The Prevalence And Regulation Of Telework

In 2003 SIBIS2 created a definition of telework which included four modalities: telework from home, mobile telework, freelance telework in SOHOs (small office/home office), and telework done in shared facilities outside of organizations and the home. A worker would fall under the category of teleworking at home when he or she spends at least one day a week working from home. An organization makes use of mobile teleworking when employees spend more than ten hours a week outside the home and office. SOHO telework is done by freelancers who work from their home offices.

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