Discrepancies between intended and actual use in Activity-based Flexible Offices - A literature review
Paper in proceedings, 2017

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the literature addressing A-FOs, with a focus on use patterns and work conditions. The findings show that A-FOs are not always used as intended: territorial behaviours and nesting habits were recurrent in several studies. In this regard, understanding employees’ job characteristics is essential for optimal configuration of A-FOs, e.g. the type, attributes and number of workspaces. Additionally, employees´ needs, spatial factors and implementation processes require special attention in order to provide supportive office environments.

office layout

use patterns

work conditions

flexible workspace.

office design

literature review

Activity-Based Flexible Offices



Antonio Cobaleda Cordero

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Maral Babapour Chafi

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

NES 2017. 20-23 August 2017. Lund

Subject Categories

Social Psychology

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Work Sciences


Environmental Health and Occupational Health

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

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