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Overview

A Groundbreaking Look at One of the Most Important Issues Facing Businesses Today Often overlooked, yet vital to an organization’s overall operations and productivity, how work space is used is becoming an increasingly critical issue for businesses to address. Based on a four-year research project conducted by members of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning’s Space Planning and Organization Research Group (SPORG), Excellence by Design examines this important issue. The book explores how the workplace interacts with work practices, introducing proven strategies and providing a sound framework for creating the workplace of the future. Covering a wide range of essential topics, from the interpersonal and political dimensions of workplace making to the art of using tools for workplace and organizational transformation, Excellence by Design introduces the "process architecture" approach to creating workplaces.

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Based on a four-year project by a research group from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Architecture, describes how redesigning the workplace can improve the quality of production and the lives of workers. Introduces the Process Architecture framework and shows through examples how it can be applied in a wide variety of organizations and industries. Accessible to managers and others with no background in architecture or space planning. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471246473
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/7/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

TURID H. HORGEN is a research associate at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. She maintains an active workplace design practice in the United States and Europe, working for corporations, governments, and institutions. MICHAEL L. JOROFF is senior lecturer at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, where he served for fifteen years as Director of the Laboratory of Architecture and Planning. He consults globally with organizations about their workplace strategy and organizational development. WILLIAM L. PORTER is Leventhal Professor of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is a former dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. The late DONALD A. SCHoN was Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education, Emeritus, and Senior Lecturer in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

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Table of Contents

Workplace-Making Beyond the Stable State.

Concepts of Process Architecture.

From Stereotype to Dynamic Coherence.

The Design Game.

The Practice and Tools of Process Architecture.

A Synthesis of Ideas and Practices: The LX Workplace Experiment.

Process Architecture Revisited.

Learning Process Architecture.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Index.

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