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Can you feel the new vibes? An interdisciplinary study of open-plan office design and employee experience in the higher education sector

Can you feel the new vibes? An interdisciplinary study of open-plan office design and employee experience in the higher education sector

Cai, Minjie, Poulter, Damian ORCID: 0000-0003-2521-5959, Papaix, Claire and Paschek, Fanny ORCID: 0000-0002-6294-6593 (2020) Can you feel the new vibes? An interdisciplinary study of open-plan office design and employee experience in the higher education sector. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2020, 2nd-4th September 2020, Online. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Recent research on the physical environment of the contemporary workplace reveals that open-plan offices play a role in influencing employees’ satisfaction, well-being, identity, and collaborative behaviours. Despite that these finding have important organisational implications, prior scholarship predominantly deploys the environmental psychology lens to examine individual perception and experience of open office planning. Evidence from organisation and management studies remain scarce. Meanwhile, the existing empirical studies primarily focus on how open-plan offices are perceived in general without considering the level of collaboration and task cognitive demands. This research departs from an interdisciplinary perspective and explores the subject in the context of the higher education sector that has also introduced open-plan offices. This developmental paper reviews the extant evidence and outlines the design of a four-phase empirical study that involves collecting data through qualitative interviews, wearable technologies, audio diary, and questionnaires. The findings will contribute conceptual, methodological, and empirical insights into how open-plan offices influence the attitudes, behaviours, and well-being of university employees with different job specifications.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employee satisfaction, identity, physical work environment, well-being, collaborative behaviours
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Thinking and Learning
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 15:57
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28383

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