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2010 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Cheryl Adkins received the Best Paper Award for the Southwest Academy of Management 2010 Annual Conference

March 23, 2010

Dr. Cheryl Adkins, Professor of Management, received the Best Paper Award for the Southwest Academy of Management 2010 Annual Conference, held March 2-6 in Dallas, for "Double-Edged Sword: The Use of Communication Technology to Manage the Boundaries between Work and Home." Her co-author was Dr. Sonya Premeaux of Nicholls State University, associate dean for the College of Business Administration and associate professor of management, who was a Ph.D. student of Dr. Adkins when the latter taught at Louisiana State University.

"Communication technologies, such as cell phones and personal data assistants, as well as the Internet, have facilitated connectivity behaviors and may allow workers to more easily integrate the work and home domains; however, they also allow each domain to intrude upon the other," Dr. Adkins said of the paper. "Thus, the use of communication technology to manage the boundaries between home and work is viewed as a double-edged sword."

Dr. Adkins, who chairs the Department of Management, Marketing, Retailing, CIMS, and Business Education, and Dr. Premeaux share an interest in the field of work-family conflict and often collaborate. Another paper the two co-authored (along with Dr. Kevin Mossholder, a former LSU colleague who is now professor of management at Auburn University), "Balancing work and family: A field study of multi-dimensional, multi-role work-family conflict," was among the five finalists for the 2009 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.