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

flexible workspace.

office layout

Activity-Based Flexible Offices

work conditions

office design

literature review


use patterns


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

NES 2017
Lund, Sweden,

Working Lab as a Demonstrator for Future Office Working Environment

Formas (942-2016-128), 2016-07-01 -- 2018-12-31.

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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