A study of the interactions between family trends and new work methods in the Information Society


Project logoFAMILIES was a study funded under Key Action II (New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce) of the European Union's Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme. The overall aim of FAMILIES was to contribute to the success of Key Action II by providing state-of-the-art data and analysis on the interactions between new IST-based work methods and the needs and circumstances of families. The project began in September 2000 and was completed in April 2002.

Key Issues and Policy Relevance

The emergence of an Information Society is accelerating the development and deployment of new work methods, including flexible, mobile and remote working. Apart from the implications for business, employing organisations and workers as individuals, these changes have potentially profound implications for families. Likewise, the attitudes of families to the new work methods can facilitate or constrain the rate of diffusion of these innovations.

Some of the questions that FAMILIES addressed included:


FAMILIES studied the implications of new IST-based work methods for families and, conversely, of families for the new work methods, in order to support European RTD and policy. Four main lines of work were carried out in the project.

Further information can be found at the FAMILIES web site



Name: Marie Therese Fanning
Organisation:   The Work Research Centre
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