New technologies such as mobile devices and mobile internet are increasingly challenging the concepts of a fixed workplace and regular working hours. The objective of the conference is to discuss recent scientific contributions on the causes and effects of this development. The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach to this topic and aims to bring together researchers from the fields of economics, management, occupational medicine, psychology, and sociology.

Topics of interest:

  • Incidence, types and drivers of flexible work
  • Behavioural, cognitive, economic, health, organisational, and psychological effects of flexible work, location-independent work and mobile work devices
  • Psychological detachment, recovery from work, boundary management and work-life balance


Programme (as PDF, 108 KB)

Call for Papers

Call for Papers (as PDF, 170 KB)

Keynote Speaker

  • Ellen Kossek (Purdue University, Krannert School of Management, USA)
  • Sabine Sonnentag (University of Mannheim)

Scientific Commitee

  • Melanie Arntz (ZEW Mannheim)
  • Irene Bertschek (ZEW Mannheim)
  • Ulrike Cress (IWM Tübingen)
  • Thomas Kleinsorge (IfADo Dortmund)
  • Sabine Sonnentag (University of Mannheim)


The deadline for submission of extended abstracts (1-2 pages) or working papers to is 15 January 2017. Please indicate whether you would like to present a poster. Acceptance decisions will be communicated at the beginning of February 2017.


Accommodation costs will be covered for participants presenting a paper or a poster. Participants who present a paper or a poster will, however, be required to pay a fee of EUR 75 covering workshop materials and catering. All other participants will be required to pay a fee of EUR 100. Presenters may apply for financial support from the organisers to cover travel expenses after notification of acceptance. Participants who are not presenting a paper or a poster are requested to register by e-mail to no later than 28 February 2017.


23. - 24.03.2017

Event Location
ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim