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'I could be dead for two weeks and my boss would never know': Telework and the politics of representation

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrea Whittle, Professor Frank Mueller

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Abstract

This article presents data from a qualitative study of teleworking consultants in a European firm. We examine the 'gap' between the utopian visions produced by the consultants for the benefit of clients and the tales of isolation, disconnection, disaffection and cynicism we observed when clients were not present. The study highlights the power and politics involved in the diffusion of popular images of technology-enabled flexibility.


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Author(s): Mueller F; Whittle A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: New Technology, Work and Employment

Year: 2009

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

Pages: 131-143

Print publication date: 01/07/2009

Online publication date: 02/09/2009

Date deposited: 24/04/2015

ISSN (print): 0268-1072

ISSN (electronic): 1468-005X

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-005X.2009.00224.x

DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-005X.2009.00224.x


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