The Intersection of disciplines: NRC's Cost-effective Open-Plan Environments (COPE) project

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TypeArticle
Conference65th Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association: 10 June 2004, St. John's, Nfld
Pages113; # of pages: 13
Subjectinterdisciplinary research, psychology, open-plan offices; Office/Workstation design; Open-plan offices [cubicles]; Office acoustics
AbstractThe current trends in office design - putting everyone in smaller, open-plan spaces, with low partitions - might lead to adverse physical conditions and dissatisfaction for employees. NRC's Cost-effective Open-Plan Environments project combined the expertise of psychologists, acousticians, engineers, and architects in conducting experimental and field research, literature reviews and computer simulations over four years to address three goals:· To develop predictive relationships between office design characteristics and physical conditions· To develop predictive relationships between physical conditions and both environmental and job satisfaction· To combine these results into a software tool for designers to evaluate the effects of various office design choicesEnvironmental and industrial/organizational psychology intersect in the study of work and workplaces. Thus, the project crossed boundaries between psychological disciplines, as well as reaching outside psychology. This unique cross-disciplinary effort enabled the team to bring strong measurement and analysis techniques to bear on understanding both the physical conditions in open-plan offices and the effects of those conditions on occupants.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number45681
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NPARC number20378127
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Record created2012-07-24
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