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date: 27 October 2021

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Boundary management is an important area within the field of work–life research. It is a set of cognitions and strategies by which people manage the critical boundaries between their multiple life domains. In this chapter, we embed this construct in its historical context from the industrial revolution to the present day. We review research that has accumulated on the different types of boundaries (e.g., spatial, temporal, relational, cognitive), the different dimensions of boundary management (segmentation versus integration preferences and behaviors, permeability, and control), as well as its directionality and time horizon. This chapter also presents a chronological approach that invites us to revisit the value of segmentation against of backdrop of an increasing blurring of the boundaries in the new world of work.

Keywords: boundary management, segmentation, integration, permeability, boundary control, blurring, roles, work, nonwork

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