Designing Creativity-Enhancing Workspaces: A Critical Look at Empirical Evidence

Journal of Technology and Innovation Management 1(1), 2017

12 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2017 Last revised: 26 Oct 2017

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Martin Meinel

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Lukas Maier

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Timm Wagner

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)

Kai-Ingo Voigt

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

In recent years, companies have increasingly focused on innovative workspaces to enhance employee creativity. These new workspace concepts break with conventional office designs. Google, Apple, and Facebook are typical examples of companies that have received considerable media attention for their unique workspaces. Nowadays, many other organizations deal with the challenge of designing such creativity-enhancing workspaces. In contrast to this high practical relevance, the literature lacks an overview reflecting the present state of research on how to design such work environments. To bridge this gap, we conduct a systematic literature review to draw a comprehensive overview of existing empirical research on creativity-enhancing workspaces. Empirical evidence shows that designing creative workspaces is by no means a trivial task, because the physical work environment can both enhance and inhibit creativity in organizations. We categorize characteristics of creative workspaces and offer insights into how workspaces should be designed so that they foster creativity. Finally, we derive implications for both theory and practice, and conclude with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: creativity, workspace, workplace, physical work environment, literature review

Suggested Citation

Meinel, Martin and Maier, Lukas and Wagner, Timm and Voigt, Kai-Ingo, Designing Creativity-Enhancing Workspaces: A Critical Look at Empirical Evidence (2017). Journal of Technology and Innovation Management 1(1), 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051058

Martin Meinel (Contact Author)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg ( email )

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Nürnberg, Bavaria 90403
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Lukas Maier

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg ( email )

Lange Gasse 20
Lange Gasse 20,
Nürnberg, 90403
Germany

Timm Wagner

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) ( email )

Lange Gasse 20
Nürnberg, 90403
Germany

Kai-Ingo Voigt

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ( email )

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Erlangen, DE Bavaria 91054
Germany

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