Power, a neglected concept in office design?

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      RIBA Publications Ltd and the AIA Foundation, 1978.
    • Publication Date:
      1978
    • Abstract:
      This paper reports an exploratory study of the design and use of office space. The discussion centres on a discrepancy of emphasis in the data from two of the initial stages of the enquiry, a literature search and preliminary field studies in three venues. The literature search disclosed what can be regarded as an 'official' managerial view of office layout. This posits that the internal arrangement of office space determines and supports particular patterns of behaviour among office personnel and, so, affects the productive performance of their tasks. Layout is viewed as a means of ensuring efficient work. Exponents of this view seldom refer explicitly to, let alone analyse, the social circumstances and relationships—especially the power relations—that give rise to and sustain office layouts. Though the literature contains allusions to the exercise of social power and its spatial connotations, these matters and their consequences for office staff are not examined. But data from interviews carried out during the field studies suggest a different emphasis. Respondents from all strata of the hierarchies in the three venues subscribe to the 'official' view of the relationship between layout and work efficiency. But they do not share the reticence about power relations and their spatial expression that characterizes contributions to the literature; for them, social power appears to be both explicit and salient.
    • ISSN:
      20597614
      23970707
    • Rights:
      © RIBA Publications Ltd 1978
    • Accession Number:
      edsjsr.43474247
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LIPMAN ALAN et al. Power, a neglected concept in office design? Journal of Architectural Research, [s. l.], v. 6, n. 3, p. 28–37, 1978. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.43474247. Acesso em: 27 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      LIPMAN ALAN, COOPER IAN, HARRIS RITA, TRANTER ROBERT. Power, a neglected concept in office design? Journal of Architectural Research. 1978;6(3):28-37. Accessed November 27, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.43474247
    • APA:
      LIPMAN ALAN, COOPER IAN, HARRIS RITA, & TRANTER ROBERT. (1978). Power, a neglected concept in office design? Journal of Architectural Research, 6(3), 28–37.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      LIPMAN ALAN, COOPER IAN, HARRIS RITA, and TRANTER ROBERT. 1978. “Power, a Neglected Concept in Office Design?” Journal of Architectural Research 6 (3): 28–37. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.43474247.
    • Harvard:
      LIPMAN ALAN et al. (1978) ‘Power, a neglected concept in office design?’, Journal of Architectural Research, 6(3), pp. 28–37. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.43474247 (Accessed: 27 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      LIPMAN ALAN, COOPER IAN, HARRIS RITA & TRANTER ROBERT 1978, ‘Power, a neglected concept in office design?’, Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 28–37, viewed 27 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      LIPMAN ALAN, et al. “Power, a Neglected Concept in Office Design?” Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 6, no. 3, July 1978, pp. 28–37. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.43474247.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      LIPMAN ALAN, COOPER IAN, HARRIS RITA, and TRANTER ROBERT. “Power, a Neglected Concept in Office Design?” Journal of Architectural Research 6, no. 3 (July 1, 1978): 28–37. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.43474247.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      LIPMAN ALAN, COOPER IAN, HARRIS RITA, TRANTER ROBERT. Power, a neglected concept in office design? Journal of Architectural Research [Internet]. 1978 Jul 1 [cited 2020 Nov 27];6(3):28–37. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.43474247