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The effectiveness of physical office environments for employee outcomes: An interdisciplinary perspective of research efforts

Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek (Department of Real Estate Management and Development, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Maria Clippard (Department of Real Estate Business Administration and Construction Management, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)
Andreas Pfnür (Department of Real Estate Business Administration and Construction Management, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)

Journal of Corporate Real Estate

ISSN: 1463-001X

Article publication date: 3 April 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims at understanding academic practice in the field of physical office environment research and providing recommendations for further enhancement of the field. It shows which effects of the physical office environment on employee outcomes are studied by which disciplines, and which methodologies are used by whom and on which variables. Existing gaps in research that are confirmed by these analyses are discussed and “assigned” to obvious, best suited combinations of future multi-disciplinary research projects to call for studies that would help practice in better decision-making.

Design/methodology/approach

After a systematic search and selection of studies, an exploratory analysis of 134 empirical studies from 50 different journals (and other sources) was performed. The selected studies were entered into a database with information on the empirical parameters of the study, the methodology and author information. From this database, cross-tables were built and tested with Canonical Correspondence analyses.

Findings

Results of the analyses showed that each discipline has its preferred topics and methods of research. In general, questionnaires are preferred over hard data from physical and physiological recordings. Still many important gaps exist in fully clarifying workplace effectiveness. This paper suggests which disciplines would be capable of taking up which challenges in future studies through interdisciplinary cooperation to further advance the field and corporate real estate management/FM in practice.

Originality/value

The Correspondence analyses not only confirmed important gaps for future research but also identified which disciplines would be best suited to take up these challenges.

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Citation

Appel-Meulenbroek, R., Clippard, M. and Pfnür, A. (2018), "The effectiveness of physical office environments for employee outcomes: An interdisciplinary perspective of research efforts", Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 56-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRE-04-2017-0012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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