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The Time & Place Management Study (TPM)

The Boston College Time & Place Management Study consists of two studies supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation— “Assessing the Workplace Impact of Time & Place Management Policies: What’s Age Got to Do with it?” The Time & Place Management Study is a large project designed to assess the business impact of workplace interventions that give employees greater options and control over where, when, how, and how much work gets done. While research suggests that time and place management (TPM) human resource policies can be beneficial to business, few studies have used experimental design to examine productivity and business-relevant benefits of such policies over time. Thus, some employers have remained skeptical of their value. In the context of the aging of the workforce, the availability of TPM policies is particularly important because they can affect the ability of older workers to extend their labor force participation. The Sloan Center on Aging & Work will collect data from several sources over a 24-month period in phases to assess the business impact of a TPM intervention using a randomized pre-and post-test design.

key research questions

  • Which core elements of the TPM policy/program have the largest effect on changes in work unit productivity and other business-related outcomes over time?
  • Do utilization rates have to reach a certain level before it is possible to detect work unit-level outcomes?
  • To what extent does the age composition of the workforce at the work unit modify relationships between TPM and business outcomes?
  • To what extent do supervisors see a need for change in TPM, and how do those perceptions change over the course of the study?



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the time & place management study team

primary investigators

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, PhD
Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College
Graduate School of Social Work & Caroll School of Management, Boston College
Jacquelyn B. James, PhD
Co-Director of Research, Primary Data Studies
Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College
Research Professor
Lynch School of Education, Boston College

research team

Kevin E. Cahill, PhD
Research Economist
Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College
  Scott Crawford
Research Consultant
Survey Sciences Group, LLC
Danielle Hartmann
Director of Corporate Partnerships
Boston College Center for Work and Family
  Brian Hempton
Executive Vice President
Survey Sciences Group, LLC
Suzanne Lawler
Project Coordinator
Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College
David L. Snow, PhD
Professor Emeritus & Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Public Health
Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research

Yale University School of Medicine
Stephen Sweet, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ithaca College