Socio-technical systems thinking and the design of contemporary workspace [chapter]

Matthew C. Davis
2019 Organizational Behaviour and the Physical Environment  
Physical environments shape, constrain and promote a range of behavioral and organizational outcomes. Top-down or efficiency driven approaches to workspace design often lead to inappropriate design and the promotion of undesirable outcomes for employees. Socio-Technical Systems Thinking is presented as a theoretical framework to guide holistic workspace design. This thinking promotes the joint consideration of workspace alongside other aspects of the organizational system, e.g., processes,
more » ... re, organizational structure, and helps account for the broader context. The value of systemic approaches to workspace design and associated organizational change is discussed, using innovations such as openplan and Activity Based Working as examples.
doi:10.4324/9781315167237-7 fatcat:g4ovimvh6badzgybwgsja3ucxa