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Maturity of workplace relocation: a systematic literature review from 1990 to 2020

Ahmed M. Ibrahim (Department of ICT and Natural Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ålesund, Norway)
Mohammad A. Hassanain (Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
Abdul-Mohsen Al-Hammad (Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 6 May 2021

Issue publication date: 26 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to identify research gaps on workplace relocation, through investigating and critiquing the published literature, in the facilities management (FM) and real estate management (REM) domains, over three decades.

Design/methodology/approach

An extensive literature review was conducted, using academic search engines, using qualitative analysis software, in the domains of FM and REM, on workplace relocation, from 1990 to 2020, chronologically. The paper proposes future research directions through a maturity matrix.

Findings

Several gaps in workplace relocation research were identified, including the need for a wide-ranging coverage of workplace relocation lifecycle, a review and assessment of factors affecting workplace relocation over its lifecycle, studies on large organizations mobility, studies of international experiences on workplace relocation, absence of a holistic framework for the workplace relocation process and digital tools and solutions to facilitate the processes. A three levels maturity matrix for future research, proposing the adoption of qualitative, quantitative and applications research approaches, was presented.

Practical implications

This study enlists a chronological comprehension of knowledge obtained from the review of the internationally published literature. The research investigated and identified gaps, gripping for future research efforts.

Originality/value

This study reviews 30 years of published literature on workplace relocation and proposes topics for advancing future research, collectively.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals for the support and facilities that made this research possible.

Citation

Ibrahim, A.M., Hassanain, M.A. and Al-Hammad, A.-M. (2021), "Maturity of workplace relocation: a systematic literature review from 1990 to 2020", Facilities, Vol. 39 No. 11/12, pp. 759-777. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-06-2020-0077

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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