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Ubiquitous visions and opaque realities: professionals talking about mobile technologies

Carsten Sørensen (London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK)
David Gibson (London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK)

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ISSN: 1463-6697

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

It is essential for professionals to have flexible access to information sources and interaction with clients and colleagues. Mobile phones, e‐mail, pagers, laptops, and PCs all aim to facilitate the flexibility necessary for conducting their work. Ideally, professionals with intense demands on their time should not be supported by various information and interaction technologies, they should embed core domesticated technologies. This paper examines how the vision of iniquitous ICT support for professional work meets the harsh realities through interviews with 16 individual professionals from 16 different organisations. The paper aims to answer the question of the applicability and reality of ubiquitous computing in today's work environment and where technology is in terms of limitations for the professional. The study demonstrates that the joint life of professionals and their technologies is not one best characterised by the technical and the social merging seamlessly. It is instead one burdened by constant attention.

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Sørensen, C. and Gibson, D. (2004), "Ubiquitous visions and opaque realities: professionals talking about mobile technologies", info, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 188-196. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636690410549516

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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