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The performance of space – exploring social and spatial phenomena of interaction patterns in an organisation.

Sailer, K; Penn, A; (2007) The performance of space – exploring social and spatial phenomena of interaction patterns in an organisation. In: (Proceedings) International Architecture and Phenomenology Conference. Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology: Haifa, Israel. Green open access

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Abstract

It is often proposed that the design of the physical workplace influences social interaction and therefore organisational behaviour in one way or the other. Yet there is little accordance among scholars on how exactly the relationship between the social space and the social structure of an organisation is constituted. In order to explore this relationship, we combine an interpretive, phenomenological approach with a correlational, syntactic approach. Using the example of a workplace environment studied on multiple layers as well as in detail we propose that physical space influences the formation of social structure and organisational behaviour in manifold, but analytically tractable ways. The application of qualitative and quantitative methods in tandem proves fruitful for understanding the complex phenomena that characterise the emergence of organisational culture.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The performance of space – exploring social and spatial phenomena of interaction patterns in an organisation.
Event: International Architecture and Phenomenology Conference
Location: Haifa, Israel
Dates: 20 May 2007 - 24 May 2007
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: phenomenology, interaction patterns, organisational behaviour, space syntax, workplace
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/3499
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