Facilitating Telecommuting as a Means of Congestion Reduction

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Facilitating Telecommuting as a Means of Congestion Reduction

Abstract: 

Walls, Safirova and Jiang (2007) note the paucity of studies that examine telecommuting among individuals across organizations and studies that compare telecommuters with non-telecommuters. This study responds to this call by gaining a deeper understanding of telecommuting patterns and adoption behavior through an examination of perceived obstacles and facilitators of telecommuting. The study involved data collection using survey methodology, focus groups, and archival data collection. Respondents include telecommuters and non-telecommuters as well as supervisors from a wide variety of organizations. The study also included collecting benchmarking data regarding telecommuting policies and practices of companies in Silicon Valley in an attempt to understand factors that impact telecommuting.

Authors: 

NANCY DA SILVA, PH.D.

Nancy Da Silva, Ph.D., Mineta Transportation Institute Research Associate, is an associate professor in the Department of Organization and Management in the College of Business at San José State University. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston in 2000.

MEGHNA VIRICK, PH.D.

Meghna Virick, Ph.D., Mineta Transportation Institute Research Associate, is an associate professor in the Department of Organization and Management in the College of Business at San José State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002.

Published: 

June 2010

Keywords: 

Human resources management
Telecommuting
Traffic congestion