Workgroup Adjacency Preferences (04-23-21)

Zhou and colleagues studied work groups’ adjacency preferences.  They investigated “a large company’s spatial adjacency planning with an in-depth analysis of its formal organizational structure and collaboration network. A sample of 183 managers was surveyed regarding groups with whom they want to be spatially adjacent and groups with whom they mostly interact. . . . .  The results suggest that department affiliation and collaboration relations are significantly correlated to adjacency preferences. The authors did not find evidence supporting the notion that a workgroup’s prestige affects the preference. Among the three factors, collaboration relation best predicts the preference, which echoes Pena et al.’s (1977) argument that space planners should look into how groups function, rather than merely following the organizational chart.”

Yaoyi Zhou, Chiara Tagliaro, and Ying Hua. 2021.   “Networked ‘Bubbles’:  Study Workgroups’ Spatial Adjacency Preference Using Social Network Analysis Methods.”  Journal of Corporate Real Estate, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 87-105,