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This article explores networking and travel in two international knowledge organizations located in Denmark. It shows that these knowledge organizations are organized in various ways through different types of network on different scales. Therefore the individual employees in both organizations are dependent on their ability to create and maintain relations within networks. The article argues that such networking activities cannot be understood separately from air travel. However, work and travel decisions are also highly individualized, meaning that a number of more individual and non-work rationalities are also significant in employees deciding whether to travel or not. Therefore the article concludes that, in a number of social situations, individual rationalities function as a barrier to the increased use of video technology. It is therefore necessary to create new mechanisms to support the increased use of virtual communications in order to reduce the environmental impact of air travel in knowledge organizations.
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Keywords: aeromobility; international work-related travel; knowledge organizations; networks; tourism; virtual communications systems

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre for Mobility and Urban Studies (C-MUS), Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Fibigerstr├Žde 13, 9220 Aalborg OE, Denmark., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2009-09-01

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