November Dinner Meeting

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TitleNovember Dinner Meeting
TopicBlurring the work-life boundary through technology: The impact on Work-Life Balance
WhenNovember 26th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral component of our daily work and nonwork lives. Latest advancements of ICTs have enabled for us to seamlessly traverse the work-life border, and attend to work and nonwork matters ubiquitously. For some of us, especially professionals, this is the most useful tools in managing the demands from work, and life beyond work. However, there is concern and evidence that such cross-domain permeations via ICT could disrupt the balance between work and life. Thus, there is an ongoing debate; Is ICT empowering or enslaving individuals in managing their work-life balance?

This event is brought to you in partnership with Mount Royal University.

Non-Member Cost$55
Member Cost$40
Student Cost$35
Speaker NameDr. Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon
Speaker Description

Dr. Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon is an Associate Professor with the Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University. She has a diverse academic background with an Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, a MBA in Management of Technology, both from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka, and a PhD in Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics from the University of Calgary, Canada. In addition, she is a fully qualified management accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK. Uthpala is a passionate teacher with over 15 years of experience in teaching at university and professional level programs. Prior to joining the academia, Uthpala was business professional with a focus in project management. In addition to being in the development finance sector, she led the new business ventures division of a conglomerate of 15 companies, gaining exposure to multiple industry areas including manufacturing, telecommunication, healthcare and hospitality. Uthpala’s research interests are driven by this multi-faceted background, with a focus on work/nonwork interactions and their implications on individuals, organizations, and the greater society. Specific research projects have explored areas such as technology implications on work-life balance, assessing return on investment of life-friendly work practices, impact of work hours on work-life interactions, and attraction and retention through life-friendly work practices. These research programs have led to multiple academic journal publications, book chapters, numerous conference presentations, and media interviews. In her life beyond the work domain, she is a wife and mother of two, with a passion for wildlife conservation.


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