Managing business travel: Developments and dilemmas in corporate travel management
2012 (English)In: Tourism Management, ISSN 0261-5177, Vol. 33, no 2, 276-284 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Work organizations today often depend on communication and interaction between persons working in geographically dispersed locations. As a consequence, business travel has increased considerably over the past few decades, and large companies and public authorities often employ travel managers to implement efficient travel routines. The present paper investigates the professional practice of travel management. Using interviews, policy documents and existing literature, it examines recent developments in this field and identifies a number of dilemmas and challenges that travel managers experience in their attempts to control travel behaviour and travel costs in their organizations. These dilemmas occur in travel managers' relations with other stakeholders in the business travel process - travellers, senior managers, suppliers, and travel agents. An additional dilemma concerns the role of 'virtual meetings' (via telephone, video or the Web) and their potential to serve as substitutes for or complements to travel and face-to-face meetings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 33, no 2, 276-284 p.
Business travel, Travel management, Travel policy, Travel agency, Virtual meeting
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167905DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2011.03.006ISI: 000298534200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167905DiVA: diva2:489816