Brian M. Harmer

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PURPOSE The purpose of the paper is to explore the nature and causes of observed tensions among healthcare professionals in not-for-profit organizations such as hospices. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH In the paper the narratives collected from discipline leaders in each of five New Zealand hospices are thematically analysed in order to identify consistent(More)
This paper reports on an exploratory study of early adopters’ perceptions of the effects of technology on the way they work and live. Narrative enquiry was used to gather early adopter stories and grounded theory to analyse the data. Narrative enquiry allowed participants to tell the stories that they perceived to be important and grounded theory permitted(More)
This case study describes the thinking and motivation behind the creation of an atypical e-commerce business model, and the aspirations of the entrepreneurs behind this creation. Unlike most B2C e-commerce providers, a small New Zealand company called Firstin, specialising in technology, does not give its customers the opportunity to fulfil a specific need.(More)
As hospices have evolved and grown, from small community-based cottage institutions to larger and more complex healthcare providers, they have begun to acquire staff with characteristics that are significantly different from those of their founding members. Because the timeline of the modern hospice movement is so short, many still have founding members at(More)
Knowledge workers whose employers allow them the freedom to access organizational resources from outside the premises, and/or outside normal working hours, are able to reach a new equilibrium in the balance between work and life. This research uses narrative method to obtain stories from a number of such knowledge workers in New Zealand, and observes how(More)
Freedom to choose when, where and on what to work might be viewed as mere telework. However, when we mix the adoption of ubiquitous technologies with personalities that take pleasure in problem solving and achievement for its own sake, a strong need for autonomy, the freedom to work wherever and whenever the mood strikes, and add a dash of entrepreneurial(More)
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