Meeting in the global workplace: Air travel, telepresence and the body

Strengers, Y 2015, 'Meeting in the global workplace: Air travel, telepresence and the body', Mobilities, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 592-608.


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Title Meeting in the global workplace: Air travel, telepresence and the body
Author(s) Strengers, Y
Year 2015
Journal name Mobilities
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 592
End page 608
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In the highly connected and globalised corporate workplace, face-to-face communication is persisting and expanding, despite significant advances and investments in telecommunication. Drawing on interviews with 34 employees from an Australian company trying to reduce air travel associated with business meetings, this paper reveals how telepresence facilitates distinctly different practices of meeting and collaborating to those enabled by face-to-face encounters. The analysis draws attention to the essential role of the body in the practices of virtual and in-person business meetings. During in-person meetings the body's physical presence conveys meanings of respect and value, provides sensorial competency and gestures, and enables physical mobility as it carries people between and within different material environments. The paper concludes by identifying some possibilities for telepresence meetings to replicate and replace in-person meetings as a normal and effective way of collaborating in the global workplace.
Subject Environmental Sociology
Keyword(s) Air travel
Business meetings
Telepresence
Face-to-face communication
Body
Co-presence
Telecommunication
DOI - identifier 10.1080/17450101.2014.902655
Copyright notice © 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 1745-0101
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