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Greater Space Means More Service: Leveraging the innovative power of architecture and design

Hervé Mathe ()
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Hervé Mathe: Institute for Service Innovation and Strategy, ESSEC Paris-Singapore, Postal: Avenue Bernard Hirsch - B.P. 50105, 95021 CERGY-PONTOISE Cedex , FRANCE,

No DR 08004, ESSEC Working Papers from ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School

Abstract: Organizational structures certainly are of great importance in order to determine employees’ behaviour and performance. On the other hand, physical structures also significantly influence the way staff and customers view any company and interact with it. In service based activity, such as in retailing, banking, hospitality, and so, firms and institutions are competing thanks to innovations in products/services, delivery processes, and management styles. Innovative approaches may also materialize into the design of facilities. Service providers are in a position to significantly improve convenience, productivity, and attractiveness by designing space and defining appropriate layout carefully. This pattern also has to include identification of the meanings, characterization of size and qualification of the process by which any service facility delivers messages. In the last session of the paper, we address a particular type of service facilities, namely the buildings of institutions for higher education in management. The objective is then to analyze how facilities have evolved in order to cope with the change affecting business education.

Keywords: Service; innovation; architecture; working place; corporate symbols (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2008-01
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