Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2011


Antonie Jetter

Course Title

Human Side of Technology Management

Course Number

ETM 519


Although so many studies believe that an effective communication amongst employees and teams could be a key factor to reaching to the goals of the project or organization, there are few researches which have studied communication from the architectural point of view. Accessibility, openness and visibility are three recognized parameters in the literature which impact on the communication type and effectiveness. Creative design of work places also may have indirect impact on the communication rate and quality. In this research the hypothesis of the relation between communication rate and workspace distance (as one of the accessibility criteria) has been taken to the test. The small experiment designed and conducted in the Portland State central library. The results confirm that more physical distance leads to less face to face communication rate. Based on the results some suggestions are provided to improve the communication rate at the experiment field.


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