ERIC Number: ED105867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Development of Policy on the Telecommunications-Transportation Tradeoff, Final Report.
Nilles, Jack M.; And Others
To identify and evaluate the implications of potential communications and computer technology alternatives to urban transportation, an extensive research study was made of telecommuting--bringing workers toegether by communication instead of physically. An attempt was made to formulate practical statements on telecommuting network design, policies to promote telecommuting use and to regulate development. Energy, land use, transportation and labor policies were considered. Research focused o n an insurance company as a typical information-industry organization that was promising for telecommuting. Technological requirements were specified along with organizational configuations and cost-benefit functions. Employee motivation was also surveyed. The report concluded that telecommuting was an economically feasible alternative to commuting, that employees were motivated by it, and that its adoptions could have a significant impact on energy consumption, transportation patterns, and urban development. (SK)
Descriptors: Communications, Computers, Energy Conservation, Feasibility Studies, Fuel Consumption, Industry, Innovation, Occupational Surveys, Organizational Development, Population Distribution, Technological Advancement, Technology, Telecommunications, Teleworking, Transportation, Urbanization, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Office of Interdisciplinary Program Development.