Beginning with the first industrial revolution that saw sustained economic growth following the application of inorganic sources of power to the production process, understanding technological development and its application in the economic and social sphere has long been central to academic analysis. Continuing apace, the advent of new and more portable technological devices and their dissemination throughout the economic and social sphere has again come to invoke investigation and new theorizing about the role of new technologies and its association with ‘flexible working’ in the contemporary period.