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Title: Beyond telecommuting: A new paradigm for the effect of telecommunications on travel

Abstract

Conventional wisdom about social and economic behavior holds that the use of telecommunications is a natural substitute for transportation. For example, telephone calls can replace travel to meetings, and facsimile or electronic-mail transmission of documents substitutes for courier or postal delivery. The moving of information can replace the moving of period and goods. Vehicle traffic on the national transportation infrastructure can be replaced by digital traffic on what is now called the National Information Infrastructure (NII). A leading example is telecommuting. This means using telecommunications to replace commuting between home and work. Telecommuting is an optional way of expanding employees` work locations in those circumstances where it yields both improved organizational performance and employee satisfication. Telecommuting accounts for 7.6 million U.S. workers as of early 1993, up 15% from the 6.6 million counted in 1992. The growth of telecommuting has been strong for the past five years. No one has identified any reasons to suggest that this growth will abate in the forseeable future.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Research, Washington, DC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10188598
Report Number(s):
DOE/ER-0626
ON: DE95001224; NC: NONE; TRN: 94:009313
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Sep 1994
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; COMMUNICATIONS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; TRAVEL; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; FIBER OPTICS; 320200; 990200; TRANSPORTATION; MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTERS

Citation Formats

Niles, J S. Beyond telecommuting: A new paradigm for the effect of telecommunications on travel. United States: N. p., 1994. Web. doi:10.2172/10188598.
Niles, J S. Beyond telecommuting: A new paradigm for the effect of telecommunications on travel. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10188598
Niles, J S. 1994. "Beyond telecommuting: A new paradigm for the effect of telecommunications on travel". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10188598. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10188598.
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abstractNote = {Conventional wisdom about social and economic behavior holds that the use of telecommunications is a natural substitute for transportation. For example, telephone calls can replace travel to meetings, and facsimile or electronic-mail transmission of documents substitutes for courier or postal delivery. The moving of information can replace the moving of period and goods. Vehicle traffic on the national transportation infrastructure can be replaced by digital traffic on what is now called the National Information Infrastructure (NII). A leading example is telecommuting. This means using telecommunications to replace commuting between home and work. Telecommuting is an optional way of expanding employees` work locations in those circumstances where it yields both improved organizational performance and employee satisfication. Telecommuting accounts for 7.6 million U.S. workers as of early 1993, up 15% from the 6.6 million counted in 1992. The growth of telecommuting has been strong for the past five years. No one has identified any reasons to suggest that this growth will abate in the forseeable future.},
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