Places for multi-locational work – opportunities for facilities management

Inka Vuokko Ilona Kojo (Built Environment Services (BES) Research Group, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Espoo)
Suvi Nenonen (Built Environment Services (BES) Research Group, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This research aims to aggregate and categorise distinct places for multi-locational work from the 1960s until today. Based on an understanding of the user needs connected to these locations, the paper aims to identify the service concepts and workplace design solutions by which these needs can be met.

Design/methodology/approach

The literature review is based on academic journal papers, reports and books related to the topic.

Findings

The paper categorises the main multi-locational workplace locations, namely, organisational offices, home offices, mobile workplaces and flexible offices. The user needs in these locations vary from concept to concept, and therefore, the service offers are distinct. Based on the results, the service provision of organisational offices and flexible offices should focus on providing users with the chance for socialisation using collaborative space solutions and community management policies. In the cases of home offices and mobile workplaces, service provision should instead emphasise ensuring functionalities such as efficient virtual connectivity and accessibility. Additionally, more concept-specific user needs are identified.

Research limitations/implications

The paper offers an overview of and framework for future research and concept development. The limitations of cultural differences could have been investigated more.

Practical implications

The results provide insight into the purposes of facilities management and workplace design when developing service concepts for multi-locational workplaces.

Originality/value

The paper establishes a literature-based framework for the service concepts of places for multi-locational work.

Keywords

Citation

Kojo, I.V.I. and Nenonen, S. (2015), "Places for multi-locational work – opportunities for facilities management", Facilities, Vol. 33 No. 1/2, pp. 20-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-05-2013-0043

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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