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Conflict, resistance and the symbolic meaning of space : Activity Based Work and possibilities to express work-related identities in everyday working life

Rosengren, Calle LU and Ottosson, Mikael LU (2019) In Management Revue 30(4). p.412-431
Abstract
The article focuses on a current trend in office design: Activity Based Work (ABW). This is an office solution that instead of providing employees with designated places, it provides them with a variety of spaces in the office that offer different functionalities. A case study is presented of the ongoing effort of a multinational technology company in the software industry to implement ABW at a local site in Sweden. Based on an analysis of the individual and focus group interviews of company employees, the article argues that the non-territorial foundation of ABW is seen as a threat to the work-related identity among certain groups within the company. The findings presented comprise specific insights into how the material aspects of... (More)
The article focuses on a current trend in office design: Activity Based Work (ABW). This is an office solution that instead of providing employees with designated places, it provides them with a variety of spaces in the office that offer different functionalities. A case study is presented of the ongoing effort of a multinational technology company in the software industry to implement ABW at a local site in Sweden. Based on an analysis of the individual and focus group interviews of company employees, the article argues that the non-territorial foundation of ABW is seen as a threat to the work-related identity among certain groups within the company. The findings presented comprise specific insights into how the material aspects of organizational life interact with social identity construction. (Less)
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Activity Based Work, Identity threat, work-related identity, office design, everyday working life, Activity Based Work, work-related identity
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Management Revue
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30
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20 pages
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Rainer Hampp Verlag
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0935-9915
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10.5771/0935-9915-2019-4-412
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  author       = {Rosengren, Calle and Ottosson, Mikael},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {412--431},
  publisher    = {Rainer Hampp Verlag},
  series       = {Management Revue},
  title        = {Conflict, resistance and the symbolic meaning of space : Activity Based Work and possibilities to express work-related identities in everyday working life},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/75904603/postprint_ABW_Rosengren.pdf},
  doi          = {10.5771/0935-9915-2019-4-412},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2019},
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