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Relationship between Business Travels and Virtual Meetings: How organizations can use virtual meetings effectively to reduce business travels?

Ozdamar, Aybuke LU (2015) In IIIEE Master thesis IMEN56 20151
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
Climate change are starting to receive more attention, even so, transport sector is responsible
for approximately 20% of energy related GHG emission, which still has increasing trend.
Solutions based on using information and communication technologies are started to be used
for reducing anthropogenic GHG emissions and replacing business related travels. Meetings
that is held by using ICT, can save money and time as compared to its travel alternative,
reduce environmental impact, as well as increase productivity. Especially during financial
crisis, business organizations see the importance of managing business travels efficiently.
However, adopting VMs into an organization do not automatically reduce the business. In
order to... (More)
Climate change are starting to receive more attention, even so, transport sector is responsible
for approximately 20% of energy related GHG emission, which still has increasing trend.
Solutions based on using information and communication technologies are started to be used
for reducing anthropogenic GHG emissions and replacing business related travels. Meetings
that is held by using ICT, can save money and time as compared to its travel alternative,
reduce environmental impact, as well as increase productivity. Especially during financial
crisis, business organizations see the importance of managing business travels efficiently.
However, adopting VMs into an organization do not automatically reduce the business. In
order to achieve the benefits of replacing VMs need to be implemented in an organization
effectively by controlling negative rebound effects. The aim of this research is to investigate
the ways to reduce environmental impacts of the business related travels and the role of VMs
to do that. It also aimed to find the most effective way to use VMs by controlling the negative
rebound effect. Other than literature review, the information is gathered through three
different source; REMM Project, surveys with travel managers and in-depth interviews with
the employees of a large international retail company.
According to the finding, after VM development, there are three possible scenarios for the
organizations’ business travel trends. For decreasing business travel trend, rebound effect need
to be controlled and VMs need to implement effectively. The successful VM adaptations are
investigated under five different levels; policy-maker level, organizational (upper management)
level, project management level, employee level, technical level. Additionally, for the rebound
effects two indicators are selected; the increase in business travel volume and the number of
VMs and their durations. Based on these two indicators mitigation measures are developed. (Less)
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author
Ozdamar, Aybuke LU
supervisor
organization
course
IMEN56 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
virtual meetings, business travels, rebound effect, substitution effect, travel management
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2015:13
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
8168537
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2015-11-11 08:13:09
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  abstract     = {Climate change are starting to receive more attention, even so, transport sector is responsible
for approximately 20% of energy related GHG emission, which still has increasing trend.
Solutions based on using information and communication technologies are started to be used
for reducing anthropogenic GHG emissions and replacing business related travels. Meetings
that is held by using ICT, can save money and time as compared to its travel alternative,
reduce environmental impact, as well as increase productivity. Especially during financial
crisis, business organizations see the importance of managing business travels efficiently.
However, adopting VMs into an organization do not automatically reduce the business. In
order to achieve the benefits of replacing VMs need to be implemented in an organization
effectively by controlling negative rebound effects. The aim of this research is to investigate
the ways to reduce environmental impacts of the business related travels and the role of VMs
to do that. It also aimed to find the most effective way to use VMs by controlling the negative
rebound effect. Other than literature review, the information is gathered through three
different source; REMM Project, surveys with travel managers and in-depth interviews with
the employees of a large international retail company.
According to the finding, after VM development, there are three possible scenarios for the
organizations’ business travel trends. For decreasing business travel trend, rebound effect need
to be controlled and VMs need to implement effectively. The successful VM adaptations are
investigated under five different levels; policy-maker level, organizational (upper management)
level, project management level, employee level, technical level. Additionally, for the rebound
effects two indicators are selected; the increase in business travel volume and the number of
VMs and their durations. Based on these two indicators mitigation measures are developed.},
  author       = {Ozdamar, Aybuke},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {virtual meetings,business travels,rebound effect,substitution effect,travel management},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Relationship between Business Travels and Virtual Meetings: How organizations can use virtual meetings effectively to reduce business travels?},
  year         = {2015},
}