ERIC Number: ED263643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Office Design: The Spatial Dimension of Organizational Communication and Reflector of Communication Climate.
Schmidt, Wallace V.; Dorsey, Mary Elizabeth
In addition to serving as executive enclosures, offices illustrate organizational goals and reflect the communication climate of the organization. Traditional office designs accentuate personal territory, in which communication is largely controlled by the occupant of the office, and space often becomes a symbol of status. One of the first major breaks from traditional office arrangement was an open office plan called office landscaping. Furniture and equipment were arranged in clusters in staggered patterns on a flat surface, and managers were taken out of their private offices and placed on the floor among subordinates. Another office design is the multiple activity setting, in which employees move to different activity settings as tasks change. The emphasis is on sharing the equipment and making more effective use of the office workforce. A third design concept is the total office support system that relies on electronic mail system, note processing facility, and other means of communication. While office designs are still the prerogative of management, organizations are increasingly turning to "space" committees to coordinate the office design project. What is emerging is not an approach but rather a number of approaches to office design dependent upon particular organizational objectives. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Houston, TX, April 3-7, 1986).