Abstract

More and more companies use physical space as a way to enhance creativity, create change and stimulate interaction. There seems to be a strong link between work practice, learning and innovation in an organisation. This research investigates how space affects this interrelationship and explores how space can support organisational strategy. This is investigated by exploring three cases from an educational, a cultural and an industrial setting to illustrate how space can be used to support an organisation’s policy and help it's strategic intentions. The theoretical framing takes its departure point in design literature on workspace planning and creative spaces for learning. The paper also builds on literature from design management, organisational change and psychology to explain how space can influence people. The findings demonstrate how space can be used to enhance organisational strategy and demonstrate how closely the creation of space can be related to the development of that strategy.

Keywords:

space strategy, design management, organisational change, interaction

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Jun 17th, 12:00 AM

Space as organisational strategy

More and more companies use physical space as a way to enhance creativity, create change and stimulate interaction. There seems to be a strong link between work practice, learning and innovation in an organisation. This research investigates how space affects this interrelationship and explores how space can support organisational strategy. This is investigated by exploring three cases from an educational, a cultural and an industrial setting to illustrate how space can be used to support an organisation’s policy and help it's strategic intentions. The theoretical framing takes its departure point in design literature on workspace planning and creative spaces for learning. The paper also builds on literature from design management, organisational change and psychology to explain how space can influence people. The findings demonstrate how space can be used to enhance organisational strategy and demonstrate how closely the creation of space can be related to the development of that strategy.

 

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