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Office on the Move: Mobile Chines and Entrepreneurship in China
Mei Wu; Haiyun Lin
Source PublicationKnowledge Development and Social Change through Technology: Emerging Studies
Author of SourceElayne Coakes
Publication PlaceUnited States of America
PublisherIGI Global

Similar to telephony in the 19th century, mobile telephony was first adopted by business people, specifically small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. Their use habits have thus contributed to the evolution of the mobile phone and change in business practice. However; there are limited studies that examine individual business users, and even fewer exploring the social roles of mobile phones for Chinese entrepreneurs This study, applying social shaping of technology complemented with affordance theory and domestication theory, qualitatively analyses implications of the mobile phone constructed by entrepreneurs in Fujian Province, China. Findings indicate that mobile telephony has significantly transformed the business practice of time and space by Fujian entrepreneurs. It changes time constraints by enabling a 24-hour contact in business operations. It affects the spatial location with a mobile office It becomes a platform for staging tricky business performances. It interconnects business and private lives. Consequently it becomes the 'magic wand'- the central axis around which the lives of Fujian entrepreneurs revolve.

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Document TypeBook chapter
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
AffiliationUniversity of Macau, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Mei Wu,Haiyun Lin. Office on the Move: Mobile Chines and Entrepreneurship in China. United States of America:IGI Global,2011:232-246.
APA Mei Wu,&Haiyun Lin.(2011).Office on the Move: Mobile Chines and Entrepreneurship in China.Knowledge Development and Social Change through Technology: Emerging Studies,232-246.
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