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Organizational Learning and Physical Space: How Office Configurations Inform Organizational Behaviors

Sailer, K; (2013) Organizational Learning and Physical Space: How Office Configurations Inform Organizational Behaviors. In: Berthoin Antal, A and Meusburger, T and Suarsana, L, (eds.) Learning Organizations. Extending the Field. (103 - 127). Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Green open access

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Abstract

Although discussion and perspectives in organization studies, management, industrial sociology, and geography have expanded the overall understanding of the spatial context and location of learning organizations, little is known about the microsettings and architectural configuration of spaces that promote collective action. Exploring this aspect of the relation between space and organizations, the author examines knowledge-intensive work processes in a German research institution to identify how architectural space (a building’s spatial configuration) relates to collective action and organizational learning. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including a space syntax analysis of spatial configuration, are used to document spatial configuration, space usage, and patterns of interaction and knowledge-sharing in relation to other knowledge-intensive work environments. A narrative of life in the organization depicts physical space as a factor of organizational learning. The author considers the effects of spatiality and transpatiality on organizational behavior to challenge the common association between geodeterminism and the study of physical space.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Organizational Learning and Physical Space: How Office Configurations Inform Organizational Behaviors
ISBN-13: 9789400772199
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7220-5_7
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7220-5_7
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7220-5_7
Keywords: Office design, interaction, space syntax, organisational learning, physical space
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1426232
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