This title was first published in 2000. Since the 1970s there has been widespread debate on the potential of information communication technologies on the organization of work and in particular, the implications of and opportunities engendered through telework and the decentralization of the workplace. However, despite the possible spatial, cultural, social and economic implications, much of the telework debate has been informed by anecdotal examples, journalistic reporting and individual forecasts. This book aims to further the debate by analyzing the scale, nature and experience of telework in the countryside. It examines how and by whom, telework is set up, and what policy and social changes are taking place to facilitate it in rural areas. Individual teleworkers and the organizations using them are questioned to assess whether rural teleworking is proving as advantageous in practice as it is thought to be in theory. Its conclusions suggest that teleworking may not yet be the solution to the many rural problems such as unemployment and depopulation and that businesses and local authorities still need to develop their policies and strategies to allow this type of working to reach its potential.

part 1|64 pages

Introduction and Research Methodology

chapter 1|7 pages

Telework and the Changing Rural Economy

chapter 3|17 pages

Research Methodology

part 2|41 pages

The Facilitation of, and Demand for, Telework

chapter 4|11 pages

Telecottages and Telework

chapter 5|16 pages

The Telework Facilitators

chapter 6|12 pages

The Organisational Perspective of Telework

part 3|70 pages

The Supply of Telework

chapter 7|20 pages

The Motivating Factors Behind Telework

chapter 9|18 pages

The Wider Experience of Teleworking

chapter 10|12 pages

Summary and Conclusion