This article examines faculty perceptions of how the new technologies of E-mail and voice mail that were widely adopted as a result of the home office experiment changed the ways of working and ways of thinking about what is important. The authors discussed both first- and second-level effects of communication technologies in three areas: (1) on faculty interaction both within the department and in the larger campus community, (2) on student/faculty interaction, and (3) on work styles and the ways faculty members think about their work. When the home office project was envisioned, the goal was to use communication technology to create a work environment in which faculty without an office on campus could come to campus simply to teach classes and perhaps occasionally attend meetings, while performing most other duties off campus. The project seemed more palatable to most faculty in the department and to administrators because it was temporary, but it did require all faculty members to move twice within a three year period.
Edwards, K. J., & Halley, R. D. (1997). Are home offices feasible in a university?: Faculty perceptions of a home office experiment. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 26(3), 155–162.