Work, ICT and travel in multinational corporations:the synthetic work mobility situation

Faulconbridge, James and Jones, Ian and Anable, Jillian and Marsden, Greg (2020) Work, ICT and travel in multinational corporations:the synthetic work mobility situation. New Technology, Work and Employment, 35 (2). pp. 195-214. ISSN 0268-1072

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Abstract

Theorizing the relationships between information communication technology (ICT), travel and work continue to preoccupy researchers interested in multinational corporations (MNCs). One motivation is the desire to understand ways of reducing demand for and the negative consequences of business travel. Existing studies offer, however, little in the way of theoretical explanation of why situations that require travel arise in the first instance and how they might be avoided. To address this shortcoming, this paper analyses two case study engineering consultancy MNCs to develop a novel sociomaterial perspective on the role of travel and ICTs. It introduces the concept of the synthetic work mobility situation which highlights the way ICT and travel exert agency that constitutes ways of working and the organizational form of MNCs. The concept also recasts questions about ways of reducing demand for travel as questions about ways of reconstituting the sociomaterial organization of the MNC.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
New Technology, Work and Employment
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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142714
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Deposited On:
26 Mar 2020 14:35
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Yes
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Published
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25 Oct 2020 06:59