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Practices and trends of telework in the Portuguese industry: the results of surveys in the textile, metal and software sectors

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  • Paula Urze

    () (IET, Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon)

  • Sónia Barroso

    () (IET, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon)

  • António B. Moniz

    () (IET, Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon)

Abstract

The aim of the TeleRisk Project on labour relations and professional risks within the context of teleworking in Portugal – supported by IDICT – Institute for Development and Inspection of Working Conditions (Ministry of Labour), is to study the practices and forms of teleworking in the manufacturing sectors in Portugal. The project chose also the software industry as a reference sector, even though it does not intend to exclude from the study any other sector of activity or the so-called “hybrid” forms of work. However, the latter must have some of the characteristics of telework. The project thus takes into account the so-called “traditional” sectors of activity, namely textile and machinery and metal engineering (machinery and equipment), not usually associated to this type of work. However, telework could include, in the so-called “traditional” sectors, other variations that are not found in technologically based sectors. One of the evaluation methods for the dynamics associated to telework consisted in carrying out surveys by means of questionnaires, aimed at employers in the sectors analysed. This paper presents some of the results of those surveys. It is important to mention that, being a preliminary analysis, it means that it does not pretend to have exhausted all the issues in the survey, but has meant that it shows the bigger tendencies, in terms of teleworking practices, of the Portuguese industry.

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  • Paula Urze & Sónia Barroso & António B. Moniz, 2005. "Practices and trends of telework in the Portuguese industry: the results of surveys in the textile, metal and software sectors," Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, vol. 1(1), pages 93-108, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ieu:journl:v:1:y:2005:i:1:p:93-108
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    1. Moniz, António, 2000. "Work organisation in industry: Practices of use of IT in Portugal," MPRA Paper 5931, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Oct 2000.
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    Keywords

    teleworking; organisation of work; Portugal; manufacturing;

    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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