Methods to Study Everyday Activities in a Mobile Work Context – A Literature Overview

  • Eero Palomäki
  • Kai Hakkarainen
  • Matti Vartiainen
  • Mikko Heiskala
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8518)


This article presents an overview of methods to study everyday activities in their contexts. We focused on contextual research methods used to study the daily life of workers, and a sub-group of mobile workers. The prevalence of the following methods was examined in literature: self-report recall surveys, time diaries, direct field observation, and experience sampling method (ESM). We identified only few articles where the methods were used to study working life. Adding the search term "mobile work" returned no hits. Based on this, we claim that there is a real need to apply the existing methods and to develop new methods to study mobile and multi-locational work in their contexts. The implication for future research is to point the need for filling the gaps between areas of daily research methods and studies of daily working life, and especially daily mobile work.


mobile methods mobile data collection mobile and multilocational work daily life research everyday activity research bibliometric analysis ecological momentary assessment context-awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eero Palomäki
    • 1
  • Kai Hakkarainen
    • 2
  • Matti Vartiainen
    • 1
  • Mikko Heiskala
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Work Psychology and LeadershipAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of EducationUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.School of Science, Department of Computer Science and EngineeringAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland

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