Personality and its influence on coping with technostress

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have changed the way we live and work. As much as these technologies enable an easier and more flexible communication, access to information and distributed work, they can lead to technostress as a result of a constant connectivity (Tarafdar et al., 2007; Mazmanian, 2013). Research on stress and well-being has identified detachment as a beneficial for health and performance (Binnewies, Sonnentag, & Mojza, 2010; Sonnentag & Fritz, 2007; Trougakos, Beal, Green, & Weiss, 2008). Psychological detachment, defined by disengaging physically and psychologically from the job (Sonnentag & Fritz, 2015), is a construct that stems from organizational psychology and has not yet found its way into the realm of IS research.

A lot of research is dealing with individual characteristics like personality traits that influence to what extent individuals are experiencing constant connectivity or technostress (e.g. Buckner, Castille and Sheets, 2012; Hong, Chiu and Huang, 2012; Hsiao, Shu and Huang, 2017). However, research has not yet examined which personality traits influence how individuals cope with the stressors. Who are those individuals who manage to detach despite living and working in an environment of constant connectivity?

This thesis should collect data via online questionnaires and analyse the relationships between technostress, constant connectivity and detachment and how those are moderated by personality traits. The topic combines studies from areas of information systems, organizational and psychological research.