Optimizing Occupancy: Strategic Planning of the Organization-Accommodation Relationship

  • Jacqueline C. Vischer


Space is a strategic resource to businesses on two levels. One is the physical deployment of its personnel in the accommodation the company provides for them: how much space it needs to accommodate its people and their tasks. The other is the functional support the workspace provides to people engaged in specific, business-related tasks: the work environment as a tool for work. Appropriate deployment in space is cost-effective to the firm by minimizing its accommodation costs and optimizing the investment it makes in space. Functionally suitable workspace adds value by reducing downtime and increasing the efficiency of repetitive tasks. Space also provides both communication and separation opportunities to maximize individual and group creativity. Strategic decision making about accommodation incorporates both definitions of space as a resource; accommodation strategy is the topic of this chapter.


Real Estate Strategy Concept Business Unit Office Space Space Resource 
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