The previous chapter examined the local and global parameters of telecommuting as a social practice within the context of IT. This chapter shifts the focus to the nascent institution that supports such a practice. With the advent of IT, the traditional office, which has been the backbone of industry, government agencies, and the academy, is going through a momentous transformational change. While a good deal of empirically grounded literature exists on the traditional office, the evolving literature on the digital office or virtual office is more timid in its claims, partly because it is made up in large part of impressionistic, futuristic, and speculative pronouncements. It is not easy to make sense of a large amount of this literature because of the lack of empirical data and case studies pertaining to specific areas that could sway an interpretive analyst in one direction or another.
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