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1st Edition

Mobility and Technology in the Workplace

Edited By

Donald Hislop

ISBN 9780415443463
Published September 19, 2008 by Routledge
256 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The contemporary period has witnessed the rapid evolution in a wide range of mobile technology. This book charts the profound implications these technological changes have for workers and business organizations. From an organizational point of view they have the potential to transform the nature of organizations, through allowing workers to be increasingly mobile. From the perspective of workers these changes have the potential to impact on their work-related communications, how they manage the increasingly blurred public-private divide, and the nature of the home-work boundary.

These chapters provide a detailed insight into these issues through bringing together an international collection of contemporary studies and analysis and taking a critical perspective towards some of the advertised myths regarding mobile technology usage. Issues covered include:

  • Travel and changing nature of spatial mobility patterns.

  • Work-Space and Place and the ‘leaking’ out of organizations into more public domains.

  • Mobile Work Practices including detailed and heterogeneous case studies.

  • Home-work dynamics and the changing nature of the home-work boundary.

  • Implications for Public Policy

Table of Contents




1. Introduction Donald Hislop Work Space/Place


2. Working on the Move: Subverting the Logic of Non-space John Holm & Gavin Kendall


3. Working on the Move: The Social and Digital Ecologies of Mobile Work Places Laura Forlano


4. Voluntary Ghettos and Mobile Bureaucracy: Civic Activity and Acts of Citizenship Under Threat Tommy Jensen Work-Related Travel


5. Travelling to Work: A Century of Change Colin G. Pooley


6. The Business of Train Travel: A Matter of Time Use Glenn Lyons, David Holley & Juliet Jain


7. Geographies of Business Travel in the Professional Service Economy James R. Faulconbridge & Jon V. Beaverstock Mobile Work Practices


8. The Lonely Life of the Mobile Engineer? Carolyn Axtell & Donald Hislop


9. Re-Space-ing Place: Towards Mobile Support for Near Diagnostics Mikael Wiberg


10. 420 Years of Mobility ICT Enabled Mobile Interdependencies in London Hackney Cab Work  Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood & Carsten Sorensen


11. Context Matters: Un-ubiquitous Use of Mobile Technologies by the Police Daniel Pica & Carsten Sorensen Home Work Dynamics


12. Mobile Phones, Spillover and the ‘Work-Life Balance’ Diannah Lowry & Megan Moskos


13. Freedom and Flexibility with a Ball and Chain: Managers and their Use of Mobile Phones Keith Townsend & Lyn Batchelor


14. Travel, Availability and Work-life Balance Ann Bergman & Per Gustafson


15. Do Mobile Technologies Enable Work-Life Balance? Dual Perspectives on BlackBerry Usage for Supplemental Work Catherine Middleton, Public Policy


16. Mobile Work and Challenges for Public Policy Dan Wheatley, Irene Hardill, Anne Green

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Donald Hislop is a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University Business School.


'This book enlarges the discussion of mobility from tools and technologies to employees working in multiple places and between them' Matti Vartiainen (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland)