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Publication date: 1 April 1986

Jon Drabenstott

Unethical behavior hurts everyone, including the offending person or organization. Unfortunately, the effects of unethical behavior are often long delayed, so the…

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Unethical behavior hurts everyone, including the offending person or organization. Unfortunately, the effects of unethical behavior are often long delayed, so the consequences are thus often attributed to the wrong cause. When librarians purchase automated systems, unethical practices—whether committed by consultants, vendors, or librarians—will cause significant harm to the libraries because they can not only acquire inadequate systems, but encounter many managerial and operational problems as well. In this symposium, five major consultants—Rob McGee, Howard Harris, Jose‐Marie Griffiths, Susan Baerg Epstein, and James Rush—share their experiences and thoughts on related issues.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 4 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 4 April 2016

Rob Harris

The purpose of this paper is to outline key changes occurring within office occupier businesses that will have a medium- to long-term impact upon the nature and design of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline key changes occurring within office occupier businesses that will have a medium- to long-term impact upon the nature and design of the office workplace, and the implications for the corporate real estate manager.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based upon research involving detailed consultations with corporate occupiers in the City of London, as well as representatives of the property supply chain. This has been developed here to include practical experience and to relate the lessons of the work directly to corporate real estate management.

Findings

The findings suggest major changes are taking place in the demand profile of office occupiers, in terms of both quantitative and qualitative demand for space. There are a number of practical implications arising from the findings, not least the need for investors to consider the appropriateness of current standards for base building design and fit-out in contemporary offices, and the need for corporate real estate management to adapt.

Practical implications

The paper contains a number of implications arising from the changing workplace for the corporate real estate management profession.

Originality/value

The paper reflects direct practical experience and the output of primary research and consulting. It is also highly relevant: while much has been written about agile working, much less has covered the practical implications for building design and corporate real estate management.

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Journal of Corporate Real Estate, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-001X

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Publication date: 1 February 1987

Rob Harris

According to the CBI's Employee Relocation Council (set up in 1986 as an information exchange and lobbying body), around 250 000 people move home each year, at an average…

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According to the CBI's Employee Relocation Council (set up in 1986 as an information exchange and lobbying body), around 250 000 people move home each year, at an average cost of £6600/person, either because their employers ask them to work in a new location, or because the company moves lock stock and barrel to a different part of the country. This involves a cost to British industry of over £250 million pa.

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Facilities, vol. 5 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Publication date: 1 April 2019

Rob Harris

This paper aims to provide a perspective on the office productivity debate, with a particular focus on providing a framework for examining those factors relating to the…

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Purpose

This paper aims to provide a perspective on the office productivity debate, with a particular focus on providing a framework for examining those factors relating to the design and management of the office environment.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach taken has been to examine the plethora of factors that might be involved, principally through a literature review, and then to group these into four generic areas of enquiry. Within each of these, potential measures of productivity are described, and these are connected to building lifecycle decisions.

Findings

Combined, the findings produce a practical framework within which various actors in the design, delivery and management offices can understand and influence the productivity question. In this way, the findings have practical implications rather than simply describing the factors that influence productivity.

Originality/value

The paper develops a report produced in 2017 for the British Council for Offices. Building on the main findings of the original work, this paper expands the literature review, provides more context regarding the significance of office productivity and expands upon the conclusions. The author fully acknowledges the contributions of the whole research team behind the original paper. The originality of the work lies in its development of a framework that can be applied by practitioners in the built environment.

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Journal of Corporate Real Estate , vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-001X

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Publication date: 1 January 1988

Bernard Williams and Rob Harris

Readers of Bernard Williams' recently completed series on premises audits — now updated and published as a book by Bulstrode Press — will be aware of the growing…

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Readers of Bernard Williams' recently completed series on premises audits — now updated and published as a book by Bulstrode Press — will be aware of the growing realisation of the importance of that activity in the management of facilities. The audit is not necessarily, however, the first step in premises planning. Although it is an essential part of the process of establishing the status quo, it can be carried out in the absence of a premises policy — nor does it, of itself, establish or lead to the establishment of a premises policy. This article introduces a series which will explore and develop the concept of a premises policy — what it is, how it is produced, when and why it is necessary and, moreover, how the corporate business plan must necessarily impinge upon the premises policy. Whether the premises policy will respond flexibly to the pressures of change, or whether facilities management will be thrown into disarray as a consequence, is clearly going to be a critical factor in the ability of the organisation to carry out its business plan efficiently and effectively.

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Facilities, vol. 6 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Publication date: 1 February 1988

Bernard Williams and Rob Harris

Last month's introduction to this series (Facilities Vol 6/No 1/ January 1988) placed great emphasis on the role of facilities management vis‐a‐vis the business plan. It…

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Last month's introduction to this series (Facilities Vol 6/No 1/ January 1988) placed great emphasis on the role of facilities management vis‐a‐vis the business plan. It clearly stated that a coherent, proactive and flexible facilities management strategy must, necessarily, be a product of the business plan. This second article in the series examines the initial stage of the formulation of a premises strategy: a review of the existing stock of space occupied by a company.

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Facilities, vol. 6 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Publication date: 1 April 1988

Bernard Williams and Rob Harris

Developing on the theme of this series — that the premises policy should evolve to meet the need to accommodate the requirements of the corporate plan — we must now look…

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Developing on the theme of this series — that the premises policy should evolve to meet the need to accommodate the requirements of the corporate plan — we must now look at the options available to the organisation with a premises problem. We will also consider how strategies can be compared by costs, by performance and combinations of both.

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Facilities, vol. 6 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-2772

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Publication date: 1 January 2001

Robert Harris

This paper examines the realignment that is currently taking place within the property supply industry. It traces the origin of service provision within the industry…

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This paper examines the realignment that is currently taking place within the property supply industry. It traces the origin of service provision within the industry during the last recession. It then outlines the evolution of service provision into a range of products, or occupancy solutions, to suit the increasingly complex needs of occupiers. The paper identifies the ‘new’ providers and explains the subtle differences in the breadth and depth of their offers. The paper ends with the key challenges facing both suppliers and occupiers of flexible solutions.

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Journal of Corporate Real Estate, vol. 3 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-001X

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Publication date: 4 November 2014

Rob Harris and Howard Cooke

– The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the way that corporate real estate (CRE) has developed in the UK since the early 1990s.

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the way that corporate real estate (CRE) has developed in the UK since the early 1990s.

Design/methodology/approach

Review of how various professional bodies, occupiers and landlords have responded to the changing business and workplace environment.

Findings

CRE managers and the professional bodies that represent them are at a crossroads. Whilst the business world has evolved since 1990, the CRE sector has not and faces the prospect becoming purely a technical rather than a strategic subject.

Originality/value

A review of what has happened and not new research.

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Journal of Corporate Real Estate, vol. 16 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-001X

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Publication date: 3 August 2015

Rob Harris

The purpose of this paper is to outline key changes happening within occupier businesses that will have a medium- to long-term impact upon the demand for office space and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline key changes happening within occupier businesses that will have a medium- to long-term impact upon the demand for office space and, ultimately, the property investment market.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on survey work undertaken for the City of London Corporation as well as direct experience in advising corporate occupiers on their accommodation needs.

Findings

The findings suggest major changes taking place in the demand profile of office occupiers, in terms of both quantitative and qualitative demand for space.

Practical implications

There are a number of practical implications arising from the findings, not the least being the need for investors to consider the appropriateness of current standards for base building design and fit-out in contemporary offices.

Originality/value

The paper presents the output of primary research and consulting and is therefore of an original nature. Its value lies in the fact that the findings reflect the actual experiences and plans of corporate occupiers and can be taken as reliable indicators of future demand for office space.

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Journal of Property Investment & Finance, vol. 33 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-578X

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