Flexible office, flexible working? A post-relocation study on how and why university employees use a combi-office for their activities at hand.
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

This study reports on a group of university employees, six months after their relocation from cell-offices into a combi-office. Data from interviews, observations and planning documentation was collected to gain an in-depth understanding of how employees use their office landscape and why. Activity theory was taken as framework for the analysis. The findings show that the new office landscape was perceived to be more flexible and capable of supporting employees’ activities. The overall occupancy was low and backup spaces, such as quiet rooms, were barely used. Matches and mismatches
between the employees, their activities and the office were identified that explain the occupancy rates and why spaces such as quiet rooms were unpopular spaces. This paper contributes with rich detail on the use of a flexible office landscape in a university context and shows the usefulness of activity theory in the study of employee-office interactions.

post-relocation study

flexible office

flexible working

office use

spatial attributes


office landscape

Activity Theory


Antonio Cobaleda Cordero

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design and Human Factors

Maral Babapour Chafi

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design and Human Factors

Marianne Karlsson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design and Human Factors

International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics

2045-7804 (ISSN) 2045-7812 (eISSN)

Vol. 7 1 26-54


Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi

Annan teknik


Annan samhällsvetenskap



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