Lifting the curtain on contemporary office: Expected versus actual practices of virtual multispace office

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Aranko, Annakerttu
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-04T13:20:58Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-04T13:20:58Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/18266
dc.description.abstract Objective of the study: The production process of the 21st century in Western countries is increasingly concentrated on creating and sharing knowledge, while the production of physical goods is outsourced to lowercost economies. This so-called knowledge work often takes place outside the traditional temporal and spatial employment spheres as work can often be conducted anytime and anywhere with a laptop and an interned connection. To support these new flexible ways of working, there has been a recent trend in office design towards virtual multispace office design. The purpose of this study is to understand the expectations of managers and designers versus the actual practices of employees as to the use of virtual multispace office space and how the office design has consequence on the everyday work practices of the organizational members. Research method: Earlier research on office spaces in organizational studies has mainly taken the perspective of seeing them as abstract macro-level organizational systems, making assumptions on how organizations adapt to their changing environments through office design. In order to broaden our understanding of organizational life and its consequences of office design, this thesis will adopt a practice perspective in studying organizations - one that sees social and material as mutually entangled or imbricated. The research method utilized in data collection follows the principles of practice theory with fieldwork comprised of direct observations and interviews and informal discussion. Findings: The empirical data revealed how the office space is not a stable box that could be imposed with expected ways of using the space, assuming that the employees would act according to the intentions but that both space and materiality emerge as dynamic and generative forces shaping the individuals appropriating the office space in an on-going manner. This finding became evident through the interplay of identified accommodating practices that were aligned as well as through the resisting practices that were misaligned to the intended ways of using the virtual multispace office. Furthermore, a paradox between the managerial and design discourse on ways of using the virtual multispace office and the realized materiality of the office space was identified. en
dc.format.extent 90
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Lifting the curtain on contemporary office: Expected versus actual practices of virtual multispace office en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies en
dc.subject.keyword office design
dc.subject.keyword virtual multispace office
dc.subject.keyword practice theory
dc.subject.keyword sociomateriality
dc.subject.keyword knowledge work
dc.subject.keyword contemporary organization
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201511054837
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major International Design Business Management (IDBM) en
dc.programme.major International Design Business Management (IDBM) fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon design management
dc.subject.helecon design management
dc.subject.helecon toimistot
dc.subject.helecon offices
dc.subject.helecon työ
dc.subject.helecon work
dc.subject.helecon tietotyö
dc.subject.helecon knowledge work
dc.subject.helecon organisaatio
dc.subject.helecon organization
dc.subject.helecon toimitilat
dc.subject.helecon premises
dc.ethesisid 13940
dc.date.dateaccepted 2015-05-05
dc.location P1 I


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