Conflict, resistance and the symbolic meaning of space: Activity based work and possibilities to express workrelated identities in everyday working life

Calle Rosengren, Mikael Ottosson

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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 organizational life interact with social identity construction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number412
Pages (from-to)412-431
Number of pages20
JournalManagement Revue
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Economics and Business (502)

Keywords

  • Activity Based Work (JEL: D23
  • Identity threat
  • J81
  • O15)
  • Office design
  • Work-related identitity

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