Name: Arul Chib
Affiliation: School for Communication, University of Southern California
Project title: Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D): Cases from Tsunami-affected Communities in Indonesia and India
Name: Jasper Lim, Senior Researcher and Doctoral Candidate
Affiliation: Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Project title: Solving travel time losses through e-working
Over recent decades, high growth in car use in The Netherlands has outstripped investments in road infrastructure, resulting in relentless problems for employees, especially for those who travel frequently for business appointments. They suffer travel time losses because they are confronted with daily traffic jams, particularly during the rush hours in the Randstad regions (i.e. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht) and Eindhoven. The total cost attributed to road traffic congestion were approximately 650 million euro in 2000. This amount, according to the Dutch Ministry of Transport, is likely to increase to 1700 million euro by 2020. One interesting solution to this problem is the promotion of e-working in organisations that may improve employee travel performance. Therefore, the research objective is to determine what types of e-working practices are useful in solving business travel time losses. Thereafter, policy makers could promote these e-working practices in conjunction with other measures as part of an integrated transport policy.