Patterns of research collaborations: driven by various rationales (co-authorship, supervisory relations, joint expertise, homophily, etc) and accommodated in different spaces

Why collaboration cannot be pinned down in space

Collaboration is one of the most ubiquitous buzzwords in the modern business world. Collaboration is everywhere. Companies want their staff to collaborate more. Workspaces are designed to support collaboration. You’re frowned upon if you publish an academic paper on your own. Why didn’t you collaborate? Does no one like working with you? While co-authoring is…

My colleagues at Spacelab - can you tell they're designing buildings and not software?

Is Designing Software Like Designing a Building?

I’ve recently read Scott Berkun‘s excellent book ‘A Year Without Pants‘, where he reports from his experiment of working for Automattic (the wonderful guys behind WordPress). He was tasked with the introduction of team structures into the perceived chaos of an entrepreneurial, DIY-minded and bazaar-like organisational culture. The book is remarkable on various accounts: It…

Observation of activities in university building in Cambridge (green: sitting, red: standing, blue: walking, dotted line: interacting)

Five Things You Might Not Know About Offices: 4. Cellular Space is Not the End of Communication

In this fourth instalment of my blog series ‘Five Things You Might Not Know About Offices’ I want to look at common layout choices and the consequences these choices have. A very popular myth in office design asserts that an open-plan office accommodation is preferable because it increases communication among colleagues in contrast to a…