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Demanding business travel: the evolution of the timespaces of business practice

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Publication date2018
Host publicationDemanding energy: Space, time and change
EditorsAlison Hui, Rosie Day, Gordon Walker
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319619910
ISBN (Print)9783319619903
<mark>Original language</mark>English


To date, virtual ways of working have yet to substantially reduce demand for business travel. Emerging research claims that virtual and physical work compliment rather than substitute for one another. This suggests travel demand stems from business strategies and achieving business outcomes. In building on these ideas, this chapter draws upon Schatzki’s conception of timespace to capture changes in how two UK-based global construction and engineering consulting firms organise work and the implications in terms of demand for business travel. Overtime, particular forms of spatially stretched organisation which have developed are found to require the interweaving of timespaces through travel. As such, how each firm has evolved has in turn created the contemporary situation of significant and hard to reduce demand for travel.

Bibliographic note

Jones I., Faulconbridge J., Marsden G., Anable J. (2018) Demanding Business Travel: The Evolution of the Timespaces of Business Practice. In: Hui A., Day R., Walker G. (eds) Demanding Energy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319619903 and https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-61991-0_12