Graduation Year

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.L.A.

Degree Granting Department

Liberal Studies

Major Professor

Steier, Frederick

Keywords

strategic planning, real estate management, architectural research, human capital, interior architecture, environmental psychology, knowledge management

Abstract

This thesis takes a phenomenological approach to the examination of the organizational need for shared office space. Questions are developed in a reflexive narrative that introduces challenges to the assumption that space is a given in organizations. The narrative also uses the process of questioning this basis assumption to develop a new understanding of the role of space in organizations in supporting the development of common language needed for the creation of organizational knowledge. Key ideas from systems theory, autopoiesis, organizational theory, semiotics, and psychology are utilized as resources developing the ideas.

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