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ERIC Number: ED555113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 212
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-3076-9
Distraction as a Mediator of Productivity: Measuring the Role of the Internet
Newmann-Godful, Michael
ProQuest LLC, D.M. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The use of technology at the workplace has been confirmed both in practice and in theory to be an inalienable right for many organizational employees partly because of what these employees do, or the general role of technology in the organization (Sekar, 2011). As useful as technology may be, employees sometimes misuse it. Such misuse, over time could become addictive and or compulsive and such compulsivity often distracts employees from performing to their optimum, thereby affecting productivity in some cases according to several researchers (Griffith, 2010). Compulsive internet use among employees and the resultant distractions have, however, in some other instances, been associated with improved productivity depending on how the usage was perceived and actually carried out (Corker, 2009). It also depends on the nature of the organization and the job requirements of the individual who potentially "misuses" the technology. In this quantitative correlational study, the researcher has conducted correlation and regression analyses to investigate correlations among three variables of compulsive internet use (CIU), distraction, and work productivity among 200 clerical employees. Those employees were drawn conveniently from different organizations across the United States, through a survey designed and distributed through The main results drawn from this study are: 1) Compulsive internet use positively predicted productivity of clerical employees. 2) Distraction positively predicted productivity of clerical employees. 3) Distraction positively predicted compulsive internet use of clerical employees. 4) Distraction mediated the relationship between compulsive internet use and productivity of clerical employees. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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