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Conceptualising business mobilities: towards an analytical framework

Jones, A. (2013). Conceptualising business mobilities: towards an analytical framework. Review in Transportation Business and Management, 9, pp. 58-66. doi: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2013.08.003


Existing research into business travel and mobility within the social sciences has largely focused on measurement and the identification of patterns to this phenomenon. However, a growing body of research has also identified the complex nature of and reasons behind business mobility. It is clear that business travel fulfils many different functions and the drivers behind it vary considerably between industry, job role and organizational context. This contributes to a lack of clarity in definition of the concept and a blurring with non-economic forms of mobility. In this respect, theories of business mobility provide limited assistance for transportation management practice. This paper seeks to address this, arguing for a much more nuanced analytical framework through which to understand the differential nature of business travel and mobility in the contemporary globalizing economy. It engages critically with the existing literature, arguing that existing typologies of business mobility are insufficient to fully understand how mobility is related to economic success at both the firm and regional economy levels. It goes on to propose a reformulated typology and furthermore argue for the utility of a practice-centred and outcome-oriented theoretical approach that will enable better understanding and management of business mobility.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Business travel, mobility, conceptual framework, managerial practices
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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