Business Mobilities in the Public Sector: Business Travel and Data Governance in the United States Government

Authors: Lee Mackey*,
Topics: Economic Geography, Population Geography, Business Geography
Keywords: data governance, business mobility
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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Business travelers from a single organization, the United States Government (USG), account for more mobility than any other private company, according to the USG agency that collects trip data. However, there is scant available data on public sector business travel in the USG and other governments, and the causal effects of such mobility on economic and political outcomes are largely unexplored. The present study explains and addresses this gap at three levels: it outlines a conceptual framework of public business mobilities, it characterizes business travel patterns in case study of the USG, and it analyzes the governance of business travel data in this organizational case. The article uses these results to argue that public mobility is a rich potential dimension of social and economic processes but that the fragmented governance of administrative data on movers in government industries has limited this research area. These insights on public mobilities and the empirical gaps in access to administrative data suggest pathways to a more robust future research agenda on the effects of business mobility on pressing social and economic questions.

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