"...[In] a high performing learning organization...physical setting, technology, work processes, management style, and organizational philosophy and values are in harmony. Together they create a dynamic workplace that supports diversity in work patterns, values cooperation and collaboration, encourages creativity and hard work, and measures a specialized kind of performance."
Becker and Steele, 1995
As our environments are put to use, users face a host of issues related to their new organizational "home." Knowledge workers must design for themselves, ways to meet the demands of:
environments are designed to facilitate organizational transformation.
We standardize the principles--but not the design--because the design has
to be made in terms of the context of local cultural and work requirements.
As a result, the organizational demands on the environment also change.
Our system of rapid prototyping allows us to rapidly design, build and
equip an environment. As time passes, with feedback from the users,
we alter the re-equip the space, maintaining the armature. The environment
becomes one which is truly enduring--managing continuous change to increase
productivity, creativity, and comfort. By appropriately responding
to user feedback, we are able to provide work environments that are healthier,
promote more creativity, and increase human happiness in the workplace.
"Bottom line: This the the greatest opportunity we as individuals have had in all of history to design our own lives, our work, and our personal living environments to meet our own needs and dreams.
Harry S. Dent, 1995