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An Office on the Go: Professional Workers, Smartphones and the Return of Place
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
Stockholms universitet.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, ISSN 1548-3908, Vol. 7, no 1, 37-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a study on 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, place in terms of becoming rooted by felt value. It is argued that highlighting non-physical places as structures emanating from the use of smartphones is an important variable to account for when studying how professionals increasingly use smartphones, both in instrumental and non-instrumental terms.

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New York: IGI Publishing , 2011. Vol. 7, no 1, 37-56 p.
Keyword [en]
place and non-physical places; professional workers; smartphones; time-space configurations
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Information Science
Research subject
Business Studies; Human-Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140106DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2011010103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140106DiVA: diva2:382984
Available from: 2011-01-03 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2012-12-11Bibliographically approved

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