- Edited by Jonathan V. Beaverstock, University of Nottingham, UK, Ben Derudder, Ghent University, Belgium, James Faulconbridge, Lancaster University, UK and Frank Witlox, Ghent University, Belgium
- Series : Transport and Mobility
Business travel has become indispensable to the global economy, not only due to its necessity in the maintaining of corporate networks, but also because of the associated economies that cater to the daily requirements of the business traveller. Underlying these developments are concerns over the environmental impact of increasing air travel, which are likely to generate new challenges for the future of business travel.
From a team of international experts comes this analysis of the role, nature and effects of modern business travel. Issues addressed include the relationships between airlines and business travellers, the role of mobility in business, and the opportunities and challenges created by mobile workforces. The study combines theoretical advances with comprehensive analysis, and will provoke debate across the social sciences on the nature, organization and space of work in the twenty-first century.
Contents: Foreword: business travel in the global economy, Brian Graham; International business travel and the global economy: setting the context, Jonathan V. Beaverstock, Ben Derudder, James Faulconbridge and Frank Witlox; Part 1 Geographies and Modes of Business Travel: A people set apart: the spatial development of airline business class services, John T. Bowen Jr; Geographies of business air travel in Europe, Ben Derudder, Lomme Devriendt, Nathalie van Nuffel and Frank Witlox; 'Official' and 'unofficial' measurements of international business travel to and from the United Kingdom: trends, patterns and limitations, Jonathan V. Beaverstock and James Faulconbridge; The 'bizjet set': business aviation and the social geographies of private flight, Lucy Budd and Phil Hubbard. Part 2 Business Travel and Mobility Regimes: Business travel and portfolios of mobility within global companies, John Salt; Hierarchies in the air: varieties of business air travel, James Wickham and Alessandra Vecchi; '…Travelling, where the opponents are': business travel and the social impacts of the new mobilities regimes, Sven Kesselring and Gerlinde Vogl. Part 3 The Production and Meaning of Business Travel: Business travel and leisure tourism: comparative trends in a globalizing world, Aharon Kellerman; Individual rationalities of global business travel, Claus Lassen; Understanding mobility in professional business services, Andrew Jones; Face-to-face by travel or picture – the relationship between travelling and video communication in business settings, Jon Martin Denstadli and Matthias Gripsrud; Index.
About the Editor: Professor Jonathan V. Beaverstock is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Ben Derudder is Lecturer in Human Geography at Ghent University, Belgium. Dr James R. Faulconbridge is Lecturer in Economic Geography at Lancaster University, UK. Professor Frank Witlox is Professor of Economic Geography at Ghent University, Belgium
Reviews: '…provides a welcome contribution to the literature on international business travel by presenting a fascinating collection of chapters which give good insights into the diverse patterns, meaning and experience of international business travel.'
Donald Hislop, Loughborough University Business School, UK
'First thoroughly comprehensive, theoretically-based and empirically-informed, analysis by researchers from a range of disciplines of a mode of production, business travel, that is both a symptom of, and a necessity for, the competitive success of the growing number of firms participating in international markets in an increasingly globalized economy.'
Peter Daniels, University of Birmingham, UK
'By examining travellers' motives and economic issues linked to the global economy, as well as the business models of airline networks and aircrafts, this book paints a comprehensive and stimulating picture of international business travel. In a field that has, as yet, been little explored by research on mobility, this work will stand the test of time.'
Vincent Kaufmann, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
'In short, this book does a fantastic job of…documenting the geographies of global business travel. Moreover, it also helps us understand why it is crucial to know why these geographies are central to the operation of global capitalism and its role and impact on the firms and individuals engaged in this behavior.'
Journal of Economic Geography
'International Business Travel in the Global Economy provides an up-to-date account of the current state of business-related air travel, as well as the industry's important historical trends and the broader sociological context under which such changes took place…Scholars of transport studies, especially air transport specialists, geographers, sociologists, and to a lesser extent, marketers of products and services to international business travellers, would find this volume both informative and insightful.'
Journal of Transport Geography
'This book is valuable for those who want an introduction into a broad range of aspects of business travel, but it also acts as a starting point for students of a particular area of this type of aviation, with ample references for further study.'
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