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New Workspace, New Culture
Office Design as a Catalyst for Change

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ISBN 9780566080289
Published June 11, 1998 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

The physical structure and appearance of the workplace determine how we function, how we communicate and collaborate, our motivation levels and company performance, but we often fail to recognize the vital connection between organizational culture and the work environment. Based on the authors’ first-hand experience of major change programmes, on studies of offices around the world, and on design management research at De Montfort University, Leicester, this book explains the underlying principles of office design and its effects on cultural change and performance. Part 1 analyses the context and environment of working life, the drivers of change and the barriers - organizational, psychological and structural - to better working practices. Part 2 explores how traditional structures can be rethought and adapted through the reorganization of the workplace and the removal of physical barriers to change. It identifies four typical and disturbingly familiar work environments - Monolith, Makeshift, Modernizer and Mould-Breaker - to help companies understand their current problems and how to solve them. Part 3 introduces six proven workplace layouts: Town Square, Village Neighbourhood, City in Miniature, Space-time Machine, The Campaign Room and the Club; and explains their relative benefits for companies’ different needs. These are brought to life with international case studies from the public and private sector which describe how leading organizations have benefited from improved working environments. New Workspace, New Culture is illustrated by the Financial Times cartoonist, Roger Beale. It also includes line drawings of office layouts, and photographs of some of the most productive working environments in the world. This book will help senior management and human resource specialists develop the way people work by changing the working environment. Also, designers, architects, and facility and property managers will find it a perceptive and logical guide to wha

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. Part One Reviewing The Context: The change we face; Adapting to survive; Making the link; An unholy alliance; Searching for panaceas; Real lives; Who needs bureaucrats?; Prising open government; The nature of the challenge. Part Two Rethinking The Culture: Monolith, Makeshift, Modernizer or Mould-breaker?; Human barriers to progress; Structural barriers to progress; New ways to work; Responding to the challenge. Part Three Redesigning The Environment: Plotting your moves; Town square; Village neighbourhoods; City in miniature; The space-time machine; The campaign room; Welcome to the club; Managing change; References and bibliography; Index.

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Gavin Turner worked for 28 years for HMSO where he was Corporate Marketing Director in the late 1980s. In 1991 he started, and ran successfully for five years, a new office furniture business which placed a particular emphasis on the design of the office environment. He is a law and history graduate of Edinburgh University, a semi-professional musician, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jeremy Myerson is a writer, editor and researcher specializing in design, architecture and the workplace. He is a visiting professor at De Montfort University, Leicester and was Founder-Editor of DesignWeek. His many books include International Interiors (Volumes 5 and 6), New Public Architecture and Gordon Russell - Designer of Furniture. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


'The idea central to this book is critically important not just for office design, but for architects and designers working in every field.' Design '... this practical book explains the underlying principles of office design and identifies four typical work environments, together with six workplace layouts and the circumstances in which they have been proved to work.' Business Books Direct Catalogue 'With sharp-witted contributions from financial Times cartoonist Roger Beale, this fusion of design and management thinking is a welcome addition to understanding culture change.' Strategic Communication Management 'Recommended' Change Management Monitor '*** (Best of its kind)' Management Today