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An Office on the Go: Professional Workers, Smartphones and the Return of Place
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business, Marketing.
Uppsala Universitet.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, ISSN 1548-3908, Vol. 7, no 1, 37-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, the authors examine how senior managers, as professional workers, in a leading ICT company use smartphones, according to new configurations of time and space. Of special interest is how smartphones act as comforting handheld consoles without being rooted in physical location. Three non-physical places, as spatial nodes, are presented: pause in the temporal current, place as a function of the intensity of communication, and place in terms of becoming rooted by felt value. The authors argue that highlighting non-physical places as structures emanating from the use of smartphones is an important variable to account for when studying how professionals use smartphones, both in instrumental and non-instrumental terms.

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2011. Vol. 7, no 1, 37-55 p.
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Human Aspects of Technology / Social Technologies
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57569DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2011010103OAI: diva2:416373
Available from: 2011-05-11 Created: 2011-05-11 Last updated: 2013-02-05Bibliographically approved

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