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Telecommuting's implications on travel and travel patterns
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The subject field is within technology and social change, with focus particularly on telecommuting and the possible changes that arises in the travel patterns as a result of the telecommuting situation. When a person starts working from home once or twice a week instead of commuting back and forth to the main work place, a number of changes in the telecommuters' distribution of travel can and most probably will arise. The commute trip is often excluded, which leads to the so-called substitution effect. Non-work related trips might be generated and the mix of different types of trips as well as the trips temporal and modal choices is affected. On the aggregate. urban congestion may be reduced and the work form may contribute to the urban sprawl, which may lead to an increase in vehicle kilometres travelled. These and some other travel pattern changes due to telecommuting are the topics studied in the thesis. The comprehensive purpose is to: "Describe how telecommuting affects telecommuters' travel and travel patterns by exploring the work form's travel implications. their mutual interaction and explaining the consequent travel outcome".

The thesis has confirmed the work forms net travel reducing effect. Commute trips obviously decreases when working from home, but telecommuting is also expected to lead to an increase in non-commute trips, which it does too, but the work form even reduces a number of non-commute trips, with the probable total outcome of a net travel reduction even for the non-commute trips. A discovery that makes the travel reduction less than initially believed however is the substantial amount of telecommuters frequently practising half-day telecommuting. Half-day telecommuting does in turn stimulate travel mode changes. with increased car usage for commuting in preference of public transportation. For non-commutes, the travel mode tends to shift from cars to non-motorised travel means, such as bicycles and walks instead.

A conceptual model is constructed in order to increase the understanding of the underlying causes for the interrelations between telecommuting and travel and the accordingly travel effects. Further, the relations and connections between telecommuting and long distance telecommuting is contextually discussed with regards to how rural telecommutcrs travel pattern potentially differentiates from urban telecommuters. The discussion resulted in 18 hypothetical differences between urban and rural telecommuters' travel patterns, which provide a foundation on which to develop future studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2004. , 106 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 869
Keyword [en]
Telecommuting
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23211Local ID: 2622ISBN: 91-7373-935-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-23211DiVA: diva2:243525
Public defence
2004-05-26, Visionen, Hus B, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2013-01-21
List of papers
1. Does telecommuting reduce travel?: a swedish investigation of the expected substitution effect
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2001 (English)In: Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting, ISSN 1401-338X, E-ISSN 1758-745X, Vol. 6, no 2, 39-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For a long time, telecommuting has been expected to affect the aggregated travel pattern. A number of cause-effect relationships between telecommuting and travel have been identified in literature concerning different types of trip with both decreased and increased travel as the outcome. To explore how telecommuting affects travel and travel patterns in Sweden an empirical study was conducted. The most important cause-effect relationship concerns three categories: work-trips, non-work-related trips and combination trips. The travel pattern, which is based on the telecommuter's regularity of trips, the point in time for different types of trip and the travel mode used, is also studied. The present results are compared with international findings, with the aim to create better understanding of how telecommuting affects the telecommuter's travel pattern and approximately estimate the magnitude of the travel impact. Finally, there is a contextual discussion concerning the probable total travel effects of telecommuting.

National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87656 (URN)10.1108/eb029074 (DOI)
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2017-12-06
2. How telecommuting affect travel: recent findings from the literature
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2001 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Transportation has steadily increased since the Second World War, and the trend towards increasing congestion in most urban areas is of great concern for traffic planner. There is one single factor that may reduce this travel-increasing trent though, the new flexible work form of telecommuting where people work from home on a regular basis during regular working hours instead of commuting back and forth to the main workplace at the conventional times. The aim of this paper is to provide an understanding of the telecommuters' travel choices by formalising the main empirical findings within the field. Main findings are that commuters' travel does decrease, not by a hundred percent on telecommuting occasions as initially expected, but approximately by fifty percent. This halving of the substitution effect mainly depends on the frequently occurence of part day telecommuting. The anticipated increase in non-commute travel only occurs marginally. Finally, travel mode choices seem to be affected by telecommuting, in that half-day telecommuting stimulates car usage in preference to public transportation.

National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87657 (URN)
Conference
Cities of Tomorrow: human living in urban areas - transportation of people and goods, the 4th Research Conference, August 23-24, Gothenburg
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21
3. A conceptual model of the travel implications of telecommuting
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A conceptual model of the travel implications of telecommuting
2002 (English)In: Humans in a complex environment : proceedings of the 34th annual congress of the Nordic Ergonomics Society / [ed] D. Caldenfors, J. Eklund, L. Kiviloog, 2002Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The research field of telecommuting and its travel implications has been studied for more than 30 years. The research field's questions have methodologically been studied deductively, speculatively and inductively. The research has been able to confirm the existence of a number of different travel relations, but a firm foundation that connects and describes the various travel effects interrelations has not been made, which is what this articles aims to do: to contextually describe and discuss how telecommuting affects various trips and travel patterns and present a conceptual model hereof. The method used has been theoretically deductive and empirically inductive. The result is a model of four contextually and indirectly affecting travel categories and three directly affecting travel categories. These seven categories and their inbound travel variables are desribed, as is their reciprocal relations and, in the end, the travel outcome.

National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61978 (URN)91-7373-444-6 (ISBN)
Conference
The Nordic Ergonomics Society Society 34th Annual Congress on Humans in a Complex Environment, 1-3 October, 2002, Kolmården, Sweden
Available from: 2010-11-18 Created: 2010-11-18 Last updated: 2013-01-21
4. Mobility patterns among long distance telecommuters
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mobility patterns among long distance telecommuters
2002 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The so-called urban sprawl effect is being explored from the perspective of the growing number of long distance commuters. There are two large ongoing trends of people moving in opposite directions - the "sprawl" versus the "centralization" effect, meaning that telecommuters move out of the urban areas at the same time as telecommuters are able to stay in their native rural regions while holding city jobs. Both categories stimulate an increase in long distance commuting. Driving forces and barriers for the growth of these ongoing occurrences is explored. Learning from the literature has been derived, using known relations between regular commuters and telecommuters travel patterns to adapt these to the specific travel characteristically preconditions that applies for of long distance commuters, providing for a definition of what a long distance telecommuter represents and the suggestion of eighteen speculative hypotheses of long distance telecommuters travel patterns. The long distance telecommuters are according to these hypotheses expected to present a rather different travel pattern than urban telecommuter.

Keyword
commuting, telecommuting, long distance commuting, long distance telecommuting, telework, travel, travel patterns, mobility
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61561 (URN)
Conference
The 6th International Conference of Telework Foundation - New Work, "Designing a new workspace: sustainability and ethical dimensions" 3-5 September, 2002, Badajoz, Spain
Available from: 2010-11-16 Created: 2010-11-16 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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