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Title: Performance benefits of atrium office building occupancy
Author: Rogers, Jane Brenda
ISNI:       0000 0004 6348 580X
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2016
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The rationale of this study is to investigate the relationship between the design characteristics of atrium office buildings and the performance of the occupants leading to organisation effectiveness. A central theme is to understand the spatial configuration of the accommodation within and surrounding the atrium space and how this affects office worker behaviour. The background to this study was established through a comprehensive literature review that considered what is known about knowledge worker performance and workplace productivity and how these are measured from a behavioural perspective. The literature review established that there was a need to better understand the behaviour of office workers within the entire office building setting and presented the hypothesis of whether the particular design qualities of an atrium office design could enhance worker performance and organisational effectiveness by facilitating co-worker connectivity, a sense of community and employee well-being. Five office building and their occupants were studied during the research period using a mixed methods case study methodology which employed questionnaires, interviews, drawings, surveys and observations. Two of the office buildings were occupied by the same organisation and formed the foundation study. Crucially one of the office buildings had an atrium and the other did not. The comparative analysis resulted in several emerging themes that influenced the behaviour of the office workers within the atrium office building. These themes were then further tested in three subsequent case studies performed in owner occupied atrium office buildings of a similar size but with contrasting atrium designs and with occupants involved in different work purposes. These studies resulted in the derivation of several key design characteristics and spatial relationships that appeared to impact on worker performance and organisational effectiveness and which can be employed by designers and investors of office buildings towards the development of facilitating work environments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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