The complex relationship between economic activity and the modern office

By Paul Carder
Edition 6 - October 2015 Pages 26-29

Tags: office design • productivity

My trade is to ask questions, and to make sense of the pieces of the jigsaw. That has been a particular challenge with regard to the commonly asked question, ‘what are offices, today?’ What seems clear is that the various ‘actors’ in the office economy are looking at offices through very different lenses. In fact, it appears that we could have three perspectives on offices, as follows: .

(a) Offices as a ‘product’: floor area, for a price (rent)

(b) Offices as a ‘service’: space and service, for a simple fee (daily, monthly, etc.)

(c) Office

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