Moving to get aHead: Local Mobility and Collaborative Work

Jakob Eyvind Bardram, Claus Bossen

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    Local mobility is a central aspect of collaborative work that is in need of close analysis. Between the face-to-face interaction of offices or control rooms and long-distance interaction facilitated through e.g. telephones, e-mail, the www or teleconferences lie a number of work-settings in which actors move about continuously in order to accomplish their work. They do so because they need to get access to knowledge, resources, persons and/or places. We analyze the integral nature of mobility to this kind of work practice from the ethnographic description of a hospital department, and the challenges that actors have to face to accomplish their work. Based on this ethnographic case, we propose a set of concepts for understanding local mobility as an intermediate field of distributed cooperation between centres of coordination and remote collaboration. Finally, we introduce the concept of ‘mobility work' as complementary to the concept of ‘articulation work'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECSCW 2003 : Proceedings of the Eighth european Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
    Number of pages19
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    Publication date2003
    ISBN (Print)1-4020-1573-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventECSCW 2003 - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 14 Sept 200318 Sept 2003


    ConferenceECSCW 2003


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