Creativity demands new office designs
2008 (English)In: CIB W70 International Symposium: Healthy and Creative Facilities / [ed] E Finch, 2008, 313-320 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The aim of the paper is to present results of how spatial and social/work configurations interact and impact on knowledge development and creativity in office activities. In our latest study the subjects logged their interaction on a floor plan, which in combination with space syntax analysis, social network analysis and data from observations and questionnaires, gives more insight into the interaction pattern. 95 percent of all interaction within the sample company with an open plan office, occurred between colleagues within the same department. We conclude that with regard to noise disturbance, for those who manage what we call long questions, open spaces can be an obstacle. For those engaged in short questions noise disturbance in the open office situation is however offset by its positive aspects. Creativity however is dependent on good conditions for both managing long questions, and horizontal interaction across borders within the organisation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. 313-320 p.
work space design, office work, interaction, spatial configuration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-53181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-53181DiVA: diva2:469162
CIB W070 Conference in Facilities Management, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 2008
QC 201201102011-12-222011-12-222012-01-10Bibliographically approved