The physical space in which work is undertaken plays a key role in facilitating or inhibiting creativity among workers. The design of the workspace can inspire workers to be creative, facilitate the sharing of knowledge, and support social interaction, which is so important to the creative process. Equally, the workspace design can have an inhibitive effect by isolating individuals, being physically oppressive and being overly prescriptive in usage.
This chapter begins by exploring the history of the office and how the design of the physical space has changed over the last century as the nature of work and organizational cultures have changed. Following this discussion, focus is given to the knowledge workers that occupy such physical spaces today and the different needs that they have from the office to fulfil their role.
The chapter concludes by suggesting how to strike the balance between privacy and collaboration through the workspace design in order to meet the needs of all types of knowledge workers and the requirements of the creativity process.
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Suckley, L., Nicholson, J. (2018). Enhancing Creativity Through Workspace Design. In: Martin, L., Wilson, N. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77350-6_12
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