Organizational Spaces: Rematerializing the Workaday World

Organizational Spaces: Rematerializing the Workaday World


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Organizational Spaces: Rematerializing the Workaday World by Alfons van Marrewijk

This insightful book poses interesting theoretical and methodological questions for the processes of spatial design and the treatment of workspaces in organizational settings of various kinds. The contributors expertly answer the need for practical field research on spatial settings and materiality in organizations of various sorts.
Organizational Spaces explores a wide range of interfaces between built spaces and organizational actors, including the ways the former can potentially affect and shape the behaviours and acts of employees at all levels, as well as clients, other visitors and onlookers. Using innovative interpretive methods, the book provides detailed empirical and theoretical analyses of field research that focus on the meanings that organizational spaces can communicate to multiple audiences.
Scholars and graduate students in the areas of organizational culture, cultural change and intervention in organizations, international business, design sciences, as well as in organizational studies more broadly, should not be without this important and highly original resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848446502
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edited by Alfons van Marrewijk, Professor of Business Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam and Dvora Yanow, Guest Professor, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Spatial Turn in Organizational Studies
Alfons van Marrewijk and Dvora Yanow
1. ‘All Together, Altogether Better’: The Ideal of ‘Community’ in the Spatial Reorganization of the Workplace
Karen Dale and Gibson Burrell
2. Corridor Communication, Spatial Design and Patient Safety: Enacting and Managing Complexities
Rick Iedema, Debbi Long and Katherine Carroll
3. Bendable Bars in a Dutch Prison: A Creative Place in a Non-creative Space
Patrick Kenis, Peter M. Kruyen and Joan M.J. Baaijens
4. What do Buildings do? How Buildings-in-use Affect Organizations
Marja Gastelaars
5. The Beauty and the Beast: The Embodied Experience of Two Corporate Buildings
Alfons van Marrewijk
6. Space as Context and Content: The Diwan as a Frame and a Structure for Decision-making
David Weir
7. Giving Voice to Space: Academic Practices and the Material World
Dvora Yanow
8. Virtual Worlds for Organizational Spaces
Mark Mobach
9. Firms in Film: Representations of Organizational Space, Gender and Power
Alexia Panayiotou and Krini Kafiris
Afterword: Organizational Spaces: From ‘Matters of Fact’ to ‘Matters of Concern’
Kristian Kreiner

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