1st Edition

A Handbook of Theories on Designing Alignment Between People and the Office Environment

Edited By Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek, Vitalija Danivska Copyright 2021
    312 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Although workplace design and management are gaining more and more attention from modern organizations, workplace research is still very fragmented and spread across multiple disciplines in academia. There are several books on the market related to workplaces, facility management (FM), and corporate real estate management (CREM) disciplines, but few open up a theoretical and practical discussion across multiple theories from different fields of studies. Therefore, workplace researchers are not aware of all the angles from which workplace management and effects of workplace design on employees has been or could be studied. A lot of knowledge is lost between disciplines, and sadly, many insights do not reach workplace managers in practice. Therefore, this new book series is started by associate professor Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands) and postdoc researcher Vitalija Danivska (Aalto University, Finland) as editors, published by Routledge. It is titled ‘Transdisciplinary Workplace Research and Management’ because it bundles important research insights from different disciplinary fields and shows its relevance for both academic workplace research and workplace management in practice. The books will address the complexity of the transdisciplinary angle necessary to solve ongoing workplace-related issues in practice, such as knowledge worker productivity, office use, and more strategic workplace management. In addition, the editors work towards further collaboration and integration of the necessary disciplines for further development of the workplace field in research and in practice. This book series is relevant for workplace experts both in academia and industry.

    This first book in the series focuses on the employee as a user of the work environment. The 21 theories discussed and applied to workplace design in this book address people’s ability to do their job and thrive in relation to the office workplace. Some focus more on explaining why people behave the way they do (the psychosocial environment), while others take the physical and/or digital workplace quality as a starting point to explain employee outcomes such as health, satisfaction, and performance. They all explain different aspects for achieving employee-workplace alignment (EWA) and thereby ensuring employee thriving. The final chapter describes a first step towards integrating these theories into an overall interdisciplinary framework for eventually developing a grand EWA theory.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003128830, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    1. Gathering theories to explain employee-workplace alignment from an interdisciplinary viewpoint

    Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek and Vitalija Danivska

    2. Person–environment fit theory: application to the design of work environments

    Lynne Audrey Armitage and Johari Hussein Nassor Amar

    3. Job demands-resources model: its applicability to the workplace environment and human flourishing

    Michael Roskams, Eileen McNeely, Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, and Piotr Bialowolski

    4. Task-technology fit theory: an approach for mitigating technostress

    Nelda Vendramin, Giulia Nardelli, and Christine Ipsen

    5. Action regulation theory

    Lukas Windlinger

    6. Privacy regulation theory: redevelopment and application to work privacy

    Clara Weber, Birgitta Gatersleben, Barbara Degenhardt, and Lukas Windlinger

    7. Information space(s)

    Mascha Will-Zocholl

    8. Social constructionism theory: constructing the user experience of workplace

    Kaisa Airo

    9. Ecological systems theory

    Eunhwa Yang and Bonnie Sanborn

    10. Temperament theory: understanding people in a workplace context

    Mel Bull

    11. Two-process theory of perceived control: changing the workspace and changing the self

    Daibin Xie

    12. Organisational culture theories: dimensions of organisational culture and office layouts

    Kusal Nanayakkara and Sara Wilkinson

    13. Theory of attractive quality: occupant satisfaction with indoor environmental quality at workplaces

    Quan Jin, Holger Wallbaum, Jungsoo Kim, and Richard de Dear

    14. Flourish theory: a model for multisensory human-centric design

    Derek Clements-Croome

    15. Biophilia hypothesis: the benefits of nature in the workplace

    Sven Wolf Ostner

    16. Place attachment theory

    Goksenin Inalhan, Eunhwa Yang, and Clara Weber

    17. Evolutionary psychology theory: can I ever let go of my past?

    Young Lee

    18. Behavioural economics theory: masters of deviations, irrationalities, and biases

    Young Lee

    19. Nudging in the workplace: facilitating desirable behaviour by changing the environment

    Tina Venema and Laurens van Gestel

    20. Activity theory: a framework for understanding the interrelations between users and workplace design

    Maral Babapour, Antonio Cobaleda-Cordero, and MariAnne Karlsson

    21. Space syntax theory: understanding human movement, co-presence and encounters in relation to the spatial structure of workplaces

    Kerstin Sailer and Petros Koutsolampros

    22. Organisational knowledge creation theory and knowledge workplaces

    Mervi Huhtelin and Suvi Nenonen

    23. Towards an interdisciplinary employee-workplace alignment theory

    Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek, Susanne Colenberg, and Vitalija Danviska


    Dr Ir Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek is an associate professor in corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. She is Chair of the Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR) network, co-editor of the Journal of CRE, and a regular speaker at international events. In her research, she approaches workplaces as an important strategic resource for knowledge organizations, studying how they should be managed strategically and how workplace design and use aspects impact employee and organizational outcomes.

    Dr Vitalija Danivska is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Built Environment at Aalto University, Finland. With a background in real estate economics, she is particularly interested in the real estate business and corporate, facilities management areas. In 2018, she obtained her doctoral degree with her thesis studying the 'Workplace-as-a-Service' concept. She received the EuroFM 2020 Best Paper award, was the runner-up for the 2018 EuroFM Researcher of the Year award, and organized the first TWR conference in 2018 in Tampere, Finland.