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The work-related affordances of business travel

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posted on 09.03.2015, 14:45 by Donald Hislop, Carolyn Axtell
Sociological understanding of how business travellers make use of travel time is somewhat lacking. This article addresses this gap in knowledge via presenting an analysis of survey-based data collected from business people travelling by plane, train and car. Through disaggregating the data by travel mode, journey stage, technology use and task type the article provides a level of granular detail in the general patterns of business travellers’ travel time behaviour not previously provided by other surveys. Utilizing the concept of ‘affordances’, the article shows how the type of work activities undertaken are shaped by the dynamic interaction between the characteristics in the travel environment, the type of work tasks undertaken and work technologies utilized in carrying out these tasks and the active choices of business travellers.


The data presented here were collected with the aid of a British Academy Small Grant (Grant Reference: SG-52312).



  • Business and Economics


  • Business

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Work, Employment and Society


HISLOP, D. and AXTELL, C., 2015. The work-related affordances of business travel. Work, Employment and Society, 29(6), pp.950-968.


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This article was published in the journal Work, Employment and Society [© SAGE] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017014559767