Mokhtarian, Patricia L. and Ilan Salomon (1992) Modeling the Choice of Telecommuting: Setting the Context. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-92-12
The choice set contains those alternative solutions perceived to be feasible by the individual. It may or may not contain telecommuting (depending on whether all constraints are non-binding or not), and probably contains other alternatives having nothing to do with telecommuting. Each alternative is evaluated in terms of how effectively it satisfies the drive, and the individual's attitudes toward it. The alternative (or bundle of alternatives) which maximizes individual utility becomes the preferred behavioral pattern. However, short-term constraints may prevent the preferred behavior from being chosen. The process is a dynamic one, in which previous choices affect attitudes and constraints and alter drives. Work directed by the authors is underway to operationalize the conceptual model.