Variety in the Workplace and its Influence on Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation: Preparing for a Technology Engaged Future
Viparina, Hannah E.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Interior Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Interior Design
Bibliography: pages 61-65
"Recently, a push for innovation and collaboration has swept through the workplace and studies show that both, employer and employee, are concerned with increasing these qualities. However, research shows that a majority of organizations do not know how to improve these attributes in their workers. This thesis explores the relationship between the physical environment and its impact on the user. Precedent studies and interviews revealed an overwhelming amount of repetition in the workplace, which could encourage habituation effects. It is proposed that increasing variety could introduce dishabituation effects on the user. By developing and implementing three necessary levels of variety in the space, a dishabituating environment could be created in order to stimulate creativity and collaboration."
Keywords: workplace, collaboration, creativity, face-to-face communication, variety, ungoverned variety, user-controlled variety, governed variety, habituation
CHAIR: Moussatché, Helena
PDF : 83 pages, illustrations (chiefly color)
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