Towards a spatial perspective: An integrative review of research on organisational space

Published on Jun 1, 2019in Scandinavian Journal of Management2.433
· DOI :10.1016/J.SCAMAN.2018.02.003
Tania Ulrike Weinfurtner1
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(UZH: University of Zurich),
David Seidl33
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(UZH: University of Zurich)
Abstract Although the notion of space has gained considerable attention in organisation studies, it remains vague, and the respective literature is fragmented. In this paper, we review the empirical literature on organisational space with the aim of synthesising the findings of existing research and thereby facilitating the development of cumulative knowledge in this field. We highlight three dominant concepts that define space: boundaries, distance and movement. Furthermore, we identify four major spatial themes: the distribution of positions in space, the isolation of space, the differentiation of spaces and the intersection of distinct spaces. On that basis, we develop a comprehensive research framework and propose an agenda for future research on organisations from a spatial perspective.
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