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Is perception of leadership influenced by office environment?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Corporate Real Estate, ISSN 1463-001X, E-ISSN 1479-1048, Vol. 15, no 3/4, 194-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This explorative study aims to examine the impact of office type on employees' perception of managerial leadership, a largely unexplored area. A gender perspective is applied to examine whether women and men perceive leadership differently in different office types.

Design/methodology/approach – Cross-sectional study is based on 5,358 office employees from the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study of Health in 2010. The employees worked in the seven different office types identified in contemporary office design: cell-offices, shared-room offices, small open plan offices, medium-sized open plan offices, large open plan offices, flex-offices, and combi-offices. Cell-office was used as reference in the analysis.

Findings – Poorer ratings of leadership were found in shared-room offices, and better in medium-sized open plan offices. A tendency towards a gender difference in perceived leadership was found only in small open plan offices, which appear to be better for men and worse for women.

Practical implications – The results suggest that the office environment has an influence on perceived managerial leadership. This means office design should be considered in relation to leadership style in order for an organization to be successful.

Originality/value – To the authors' knowledge, no other study has investigated the relationship between office environment and managerial leadership.

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2013. Vol. 15, no 3/4, 194-212 p.
Keyword [en]
Employees, gender differences, leadership, office environment, offict type, workplace
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96382DOI: 10.1108/JCRE-03-2013-0008Local ID: P3056OAI: diva2:665636
Available from: 2013-11-20 Created: 2013-11-20 Last updated: 2015-02-23Bibliographically approved

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