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Here are Gil Gordon's "Books to Browse" suggestions:

I'm often asked to recommend the best books about telecommuting/telework, and related topics. That's a legitimate request, but it's hard to respond because there are many excellent books in this field. That's actually a very good sign because it shows how much and how well the resources have expanded.

I'll go out on a limb, however, and suggest a dozen titles that are among my personal favorites, for different reasons and for different uses. If you scroll through the list below, you'll find these books marked with a red asterisk . These are definitely not the only good books available - just some of the ones that come to mind first for me.


We've divided this reading list into nine categories to make it easier for you to find particular subjects about telecommuting and related topics. We hope this makes your research and reading pleasure more enjoyable.

Suburban Sprawl

Alternatives to Sprawl [Dwight Young & Dwight Yound / Paperback / Published 1996 ]

Better Not Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community (Eben Fodor / Hardcover / Published 1999)

Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl [Richard Moe & Carter Wilkie / Hardcover / Published 1997]

Divided Highways [Tom Lewis / Paperback / Published 1999]

Driving Forces: The Automobile, Its Enemies, and the Politics of Mobility [James Dunn / Paperback / Published 1998 ]

The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Reshaping the American Landscape [Joel Kotkin /Paperback / Published 2000]

Once There Were Greenfields: How Urban Sprawl Is Undermining Americas's Environment, Economy, and Social Fabric (Kaid Benfield et al / Paperback / Published 1999)

The Regional City: New Urbanism and the End of Sprawl [Peter Calthorpe, William Fulton, Robert Fishman / Hardcover / Published 2001]

The Shape of the Future: (Vol. I) The Critical, Overarching Impact of Human Settlement Pattern on Citizens' Economic, Social and Environmental Well-being, (Vol. II) Prospering in 21st Century New Urban Regions [EM Risse / Paperback / Published 2000]

Solving Sprawl: Models of Smart Growth in Communities Across America [Kaid Benfield et al / Paperback / Published 2001]

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream [Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck / Hardcover / Published 2000]

Teleworking and Urban Development Patterns: Goodbye Uglyville, Hello Paradise [ Melvin Levin / Hardcover / Published 1998]

There Goes the Neighborhood: Protecting Your Home & Community from Poor Development Choices (Kim Kobza / Hardcover / Published 1998)

Toward Sustainable Communities: Resources for Citizens and Their Governments (Mark Roseland / Paperback / Published 1998)

The Transit Metropolis: A Global Inquiry (Robert Cervero / Paperback / Published 1998)

Getting Started in Telecommuting and Home-Based Work

101 Tips for Telecommuters: Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family [Debra Dinnocenzo / Paperback / Published 1999]

101 Home Office Success Secrets (Lisa Kanarek / Paperback / Published 1994)

NewThe 2-Second Commute [Christine Durst & Michael Haaren / Paperback / Published 2005]

The Entrepreneurial Parent [Paul & Sarah Edwards and Lisa Roberts / paperback / published 2002]

Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn [Stephen Fishman / Paperback /2004 ]

Home Office Know-How (Jeffrey Zbar / Paperback / Published 1998)

Home Sweet Office: The Ultimate Out-Of-Office Experience: Working Your Company Job from Home (Jeff Meade / Paperback / Published 1993)

The Joy of Working from Home: Making a Life While Making a Living (Jeff Berner / Paperback / Published 1994)

Making Money In Cyberspace (Paul & Sarah Edwards / Paperback / Published 1998)

Manual of Remote Working (Kevin Curran, Geoff Williams / Hardcover / Published 1997)

The One Minute Commuter (Lis Fleming / Paperback / Published 1989)

Organizing Your Home Office For Success: Expert Strategies That Can Work for You [ Lisa Kanarek / Paperback / Published 1998]

Spare Room Tycoon: The Seventy Lessons of Sane Self-Employment [James Chan / Hardcover / Published 2000]

Telecommute! Go to Work Without Leaving Home (Lisa Angowski Rogak Shaw / Paperback / Published 1996)

The Telecommuter's Handbook: How to Earn a Living Without Going to the Office (Debra Schepp, Brad Schepp / Paperback / Published 1995)

Telecommuting for Dummies [Minda Zetlin / Paperback / Published 2001]

Telecommuting Pluses & Pitfalls (HR Executive Special Reports) (Brenda B. Thompson / Hardcover / Published 1996)

Telecommuting Success: A Practical Guide for Staying in the Loop While Working Away from the Office [Michael Dziak / Paperback / Published 2001]

The Ultimate Home Office Survival Guide (Sunny Baker & Kim Baker / Paperback/CD-ROM / Published 1998 )

The Underground Guide to Telecommuting: Slightly Askew Advice on Leaving the Rat Race Behind (Woody Leonhard / Paperback / Published 1995)

A View from the Tub: An Inspiring and Practical Guide to Working from Home [Millie Szerman / Paperback / Published 2000]

Working From Home (Paul and Sarah Edwards / Paperback / Published 1994)

Working Smarter from Home: Your Day-Your Way (Nancy J. Struck / Paperback / Published 1995)

Home and Family Life

101 Home Office Success Secrets (Lisa Kanarek / Paperback / Published 1994)

Home but Not Alone: The Parents Work-At-Home Handbook (Katherine Murray / Paperback / Published 1997)

The Home Office Solution: How to Balance Your Professional and Personal Lives While Working at Home (Alice Bredin / Paperback / Published 1998)

How To Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof (Lisa Roberts / Paperback / Published 1997)

NewTelework and Social Change : How Technology Is Reshaping the Boundaries between Home and Work (Ellison / hardcover / 2004)

Wired to the World, Chained to the Home [ Penny Gurstein / Paperback / Published 2001]

The Work-At-Home Balancing Act (Sandy Anderson / Paperback / Published 1998)

Work and Family in the Ework Era [Kevin Cullen et al / Hardcover / 2003 ]

Virtual Tour of Your Home Office [Cynthia Kirk / Paperback / Published 1999]

Home Office Design

The Complete Guide to Building and Outfitting an Office in Your Home (Jerry Germer / Paperback / Published 1994)

The Complete Home Office: Planning Your Work Space for Maximum Efficiency (Alvin Rosenbaum / Hardcover / Published 1995)

Creating Workplaces Where People Can Think [Phyl Smith, Lynn Kearny / Paperback / Published 1994]

Home Design Workbooks: Home Office (Sarah Gaventa / Paperback / Published 1999)

The Home Office (Candace Ord Manroe / Paperback / Published 1997)

The Home Office Book (Donna Paul / Hardcover / Published 1996)

Home Office Life: Making a Space to Work at Home [Lisa Kanarek / Hardcover / Published 2001]

The Home Office Planner [Barty Phillips / Hardcover / Published 2000]

Home Office Design : Everything You Need to Know About Planning, Organizing, and Furnishing Your Work Space (Neal Zimmerman / Paperback / 1996)

Home Offices (For Your Home) (Lisa Skolnik / Paperback / Published 1996)

Ideas for Great Home Offices (Sunset Publishing / Paperback / Published 1995)

Practical Home Office Solutions (Marilyn Zelinsky / Paperback / Published 1998)

The Ultimate Home Office: Designing, Planning, and Creating the Perfect Workplace for Your Home or Apartment (Time Life / Hardcover / Published 1997)

Office Design and Alternative Officing

Excellence by Design: Bridging the Boundaries of Work, Process and Space (Turid Horgen (Editor), Donald Schon, William L. Porter, Turid Horgan, Michael L. Joroff / Hardcover / Published 1998)

The Inspired Workspace [Marilyn Zelinsky / Hardcover / 2003]

Intelligent Environments (Peter Droege, Ed. / Hardcover / Published 1997)

New Workplaces for New Workstyles (Marilyn Zelinsky / Hardcover / Published 1998)

Workplace by Design: Mapping the High-Performance Workscape (Franklin Becker, Fritz Steele / Hardcover / Published 1995)

Virtual Office and Mobile Working

After E-Mail: New Internet Tools That Can Save Time and Improve Your Performance [Roger Kropf / Paperback / Published 2001]

The Agile Virtual Enterprise: Cases, Metrics, Tools [H.T. Goranson / Hardcover /Published 1999]

The Business Traveler's Survival Guide : How to Get Work Done While on the Road (June Langhoff / Paperback / Published 1998)

Creating a Virtual Office: Ten Case Studies for CPA Firms (Anita Dennis / Paperback / Published 1997)

Culture.com: Building Corporate Culture in the Connected Workplace [Peg C. Neuhauser, Kirk L. Stromberg, Ray Bender / Hardcover / Published 2000]

Cybermeeting: How to Link People and Technology in Your Organization [James L. Creighton, James W. R. Adams / Hardcover / Published 1997]

Enterprise Networking: Working Together Apart [Raymond Grenier et al / Hardcover / Published 1991]

Geographically Dispersed Teams: An Annotated Bibliography [Valerie Sessa et. al / Paperback / 1999] [NOTE: this book can also be ordered directly from the bookstore at the Center for Creative Leadership.]

Global Software Teams: Collaborating Across Borders and Time Zones (Erran Carmel / Hardcover / Published 1999

Going Virtual: Moving Your Organization into the 21st Century [Raymond Grenier & George Metes / Paperback / Published 1995]

Leading Dispersed Teams [Michael Kossler & Sonya Prestridge / e-book / 2004]

Mastering Virtual Teams (Deborah Duarte & Nancy Snyder / Hardcover / Published 1999)

NewMoving Towards the Virtual Workplace: Managerial and Societal Perspectives on Telework (Illegems & Verbeke / hardcover / 2004)

Providing Data, Information and Knowledge in the Virtual Office [Claire McInerney / Paperback / Published 1999]

Roads from the Ashes: An Odyssey in Real Life on the Virtual Frontier [ Megan Edwards / Paperback / Published 1999 ]

Tools for Virtual Teams : A Team Fitness Companion (Meg Hartzler, Jane E. Henry / Paperback / Published 1997)

Turn It Off: How to Unplug from the Anytime - Anywhere Office Without Disconnecting Your Career [Gil Gordon / Paperback / Published 2001]

Understanding the Virtual Organization [Bob Norton, Cathy Smith / Paperback / Published 1998]

The Virtual Corporation: Structuring and Revitalizing the Corporation for the 21st Century [William Davidow / Paperback / Published 1993]

The Virtual Office Survival Handbook: What Telecommuters and Entrepreneurs Need to Succeed in Today's Nontraditional Workplace (Alice Bredin / Hardcover / Published 1996)

The Virtual Office: Ten Case Studies (Anita Dennis / Hardcover / Published 1997)

Virtual Politicking: Playing Politics in Electronically Linked Organizations [Celia Romm / Paperback / Published 1999]

Virtual Teams (Jessica Lipnack & Jeffrey Stamps / Hardcover / Published 1997)

Virtual Teams That Work [Cristina Gibson & Susan Cohen / Hardcover / Published 2003]

Virtual Working: Social and Organisational Dynamics [Paul Jackson, ed./ Hardcover / Published 1999]

The Virtual Workplace (Magid Igbaria (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1998)

Working Virtually: Managing the Human Element for Successful Virtual Teams and Organizations [ Trina Hoefling / Hardcover / Published 2001]

Management Issues

Creating Tomorrow's Organization: Unlocking the Benefits of Future Work (D. W. Birchall, Laurence Lyons / Hardcover / 1995)

Cut the Glut of E-Mail [ Mark Ellwood / Paperback / Published 2002 ]

Flexible Work (Edna Murphy / Paperback / Published 1996)

Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We Live [Daniel Pink / Hardcover / Published 2001]

The Future of Work: The Promise of the New Digital Work Society [ Charles Grantham / Hardcover / Published 1999]

If My Career's on the Fast Track, Where Do I Get a Road Map? [Anne Fisher / Hardcover / Published 2001]

[Comment from Gil Gordon: This book has little to do with telecommuting/telework per se, but it is definitely one of the best, most engaging, and most readable career-management books I've seen. The author writes the popular "Ask Annie" career advice column in FORTUNE magazine.]

Implementing and Managing Telework [Bill Fenson & Saron Hill / Hardcover / 2003 ]

Managing the Home-Based Worker: How to Hire, Motivate & Monitor Employees Who Work at Home (Phillip E. Mahfood / Paperback / Published 1994)

Managing Telework: Strategies for Managing the Virtual Workforce (Jack Nilles / Hardcover / 1998)

Managing Teleworkers and Telecommuting Strategies [Gina Vega / Hardcover / 2003]

An Organizational Guide to Telecommuting (George Piskurich / Paperback / Published 1998 )

Telecommuting: A Manager's Guide to Flexible Work Arrangements (Joel Kugelmass / Hardcover / Published 1995)

Telecommuting: The Ride of the Future (Pamela Martin (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1992)

Teleworking Explained (Mike Gray, et al / Hardcover / Published 1993)

Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences (Edward Tenner / Hardcover / Published 1996]

[Comment from Gil Gordon: This book has little, if anything, to do with telecommuting/telework per se, but it is a fascinating and enjoyable analysis of why so many supposed "improvements" in technology, medicine, and other areas backfire and cause more problems than they are supposed to solve.]

Work and Family: Allies or Enemies? [Steward Friedman & Jeffrey Greenhaus / Hardcover / Published 2000]

Work & Rewards in the Virtual Workplace (N. Frederic Crandall & Marc Wallace / Hardcover / Published 1998)

Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the Virtual Workplace [Cynthia Froggatt / Hardcover / Published 2001]

General Telecommuting/Telework

Bless This Home Office...With Tax Credits: An Adam Collection (cartoons) [Brian Basset / Paperback / Published 1997]

The Co-Workplace: Teleworking in the Neighbourhood [Laura Johnson / Hardcover / 2003]

The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution Is Changing Our Lives[Francis Cairncross / Paperback / Published 2001 ]

Digital Nomad (Tsugio Makimoto, David Manners / Paperback / Published 1997)

Remote Working : Linking people and organizations [ David Nickson & Suzy Siddons / Paperback / 2003]

Residential Broadband: An Insider's Guide to the Battle for the Last Mile [Kim Maxwell / Paperback / Published 1998]

The Telecommuter's Advisor: Real World Solutions for Remote Workers [June Langhoff / Paperback / Published 1999]

The Telecommuters (Francis Kinsman / Hardcover / Published 1988)

Telecommuters, the Workforce of the Twenty-First Century: An Annotated Bibliography (Teri R. Switzer / Hardcover / Published 1997)

Telecommuting (Artech House Telecommunications Library) (Osman E. Eldib, Daniel Minoli / Hardcover /Published 1995)

Telecommuting: A Selective, Annotated Bibliography (James Sanchez / Paperback / Published 1987)

Telecommuting: a trend towards the hoffice? (Liza A. Provenzano / Unknown Binding)

Telecommuting for Lawyers (Nicole Benson Goluboff / Paperback / Published 1998)

Telecommuting Problems (Christine Nippert-Eng / Hardcover / Published 1997)

Telecommuting: The Future Technology of Work (Thomas B. Cross, Marjorie Raizman / Hardcover / Published 1986)

Telecommuting: The Ride of the Future (Pamela Martin (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1992)

Telework: Penetration, Potential and Practice in Europe (W. B. Korte (Editor), R. Wynne (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1996)

Telework: Present Situation and Future Development of a New Form of Work Organization (Werner B. Korte, et al / Hardcover / Published 1988)

Telework: Towards the Elusive Office (Ursula Huws, et al / Hardcover / Published 1990)

Teleworking & Telecommuting: Strategies for Remote Workers and Their Managers [Jeff Zbar / Paperback / Published 2002]

Teleworking: A Guide to Good Practice (Alastair Reid / Paperback / Published 1994)

Teleworking Explained (Mike Gray, et al / Hardcover / Published 1993)

Teleworking - In Brief (Mike Johnson / Hardcover / Published 1997)

Windows 2000 Secure Telecommuting [Mark Minasi / Paperback / Published 2001]

Wired to the World, Chained to the Home: Telework in Daily Life [Penny Gurstein / Paperback / Published 2002]

Work Transformation: Planning and Implementing the New Workplace [ Ken Robertson / Hardcover / Published 1998 ]

Research-Related Books and Papers

California Telecommuting Pilot Project (Innovations, s002) (Paperback / Published 1991)

The Flexible Workplace: A Sourcebook of Information and Research [Christine Avery and Diane Zabel / Hardcover / Published 2000]

New Era of Home-Based Work : Directions and Policies (Kathleen E. Christensen (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1988)

New International Perspectives on Telework: From Telecommuting to the Virtual Organisation (Paul J. Jackson & Jos Van Der Wielen (Editors) / Paperback / Published 1998)

Office Workstations in the Home (National Research Council / Paperback / Published 1985)

Research Recommendations to Facilitate Distributed Work (Robert E. Kraut / Paperback / Published 1994)

Telecommuting: hearing before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, second session, on H.R. 5082, July 29, 1992

Telecommuting: Modeling the Employer's and the Employee's Decision-Making Process (Adriana Bernardino / Hardcover / Published 1997)

Telecommuting: The Organizational and Behavioral Effects of Working at Home (Reagan Mays Ramsover / Hardcover / Published 1985)

Telelifestyles and the flexicity: a European study: the impact of the electronic home (Judy Hillman / Unknown Binding)

Teleworking International Perspectives : From Telecommuting to the Virtual Organization (by Paul J. Jackson (Editor), Jos Van Der Wielen (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1998)

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