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Individual flexibility in the workplace: A spatial perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, ISSN 0021-8863, E-ISSN 1552-6879, Vol. 48, no 1, 33-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the past few decades, scholars have undertaken numerous studies to map various determinants of flexibility at various levels: organizational, group, and individual. However, limited attention has been paid to the role of context and spatiality in realizing individual flexibility. This article aims to fill this gap and seeks to inquire into links between flexibility and spatiality. More specifically, this article will explore how organizational spatial layouts affect individual flexibility as everyday work activities are undertaken in the production of services in two settings, namely, health care and financial services. The findings show that spatial layout is important to better understand and conceptualize individual and organizational flexibility. The findings also show how spatial layout affords various and unexpected outcomes and that layouts that unilaterally foster flexibility are difficult to achieve due to the polymorphous nature of flexibility.

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2012. Vol. 48, no 1, 33-61 p.
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flexibility, spatial design, unintended consequences, affordances
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89089DOI: 10.1177/0021886311407666OAI: diva2:615536
Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2013-04-10 Last updated: 2013-04-22Bibliographically approved

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