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ABW, Activity Based Workplaces - The Office of the Future

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Coordinator STIFTELSEN STOCKHOLM SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (SSE) INSTITUTE FOR RESEAR - Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 950 000
Project duration April 2014 - October 2017
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

The aim of the project was to investigate, evaluate and develop activity-based workplaces ABW. We consider this to be fulfilled. What we have contributed to is a nuanced understanding and knowledge of the activity-based office, such as its importance for culture, leadership and health. In this way, we have contributed to social benefits where economically, environmentally, culturally and socially sustainable workplaces can contribute to more efficient use of resources, increased innovation and higher well-being.

Expected results and effects

Participation in the change process increases satisfaction in changing working methods and new offices; the importance of self-leadership also increases increased efficiency in an ABW office; the need for a changed, more flexible leadership; the importance of adapting the workplace design and adaptation to the task in order to reduce stress; as well as the importance of culture and aesthetics for pride and participation. All results have been disseminated and will be important for the design of ABW.

Planned approach and implementation

The project has been interdisciplinary with six researchers with different scientific expertise and methodological skills. The six researchers have conducted a large survey. Subsequently, nine sub-studies have been conducted with different methodologies such as anthropological study; time study; focus groups and interviews of different kinds. Together with partner companies, we have worked in theme-days development teams to explore different aspects of activity-based workplaces and contribute to the exchange of experiences

The project description has been provided by the project members themselves and the text has not been looked at by our editors.

Last updated 7 December 2018

Reference number 2014-00907

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