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Understanding Business Travel Time and Its Place in the Working Day

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Holley, David; Jain, Juliet; Lyons, Glenn

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Abstract This article argues that there is a need to understand business travel time in the context of the wider organization of work time. It considers why travel time use is potentially changing with the use of mobile technologies by the increasing number of individuals engaged in `knowledge work', and examines existing evidence that indicates that travel time use is part of a wider work-related `taskscape'. However, it not only considers material productive output, but suggests that travel time as `time out' from work-related activities also plays a vital role for employees. It also suggests that business travel time use that is not of benefit to the employer may not be at the employer's expense. This is contrasted with the assumptions used in UK transport appraisal. Data gathered from the autumn 2004 wave of the National Rail Passenger Survey (GB) is used to illustrate some key issues concerning productivity and `anti-activity'. A case study of an individual business traveller then points towards the need for a new approach to exploring the role played by travel time in the organization of work practices to be considered.
Free Keywords business travel; productivity; time use; transport appraisal;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 27-46
Journal Time & Society, 17 (2008) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)