Social Network Analysis SNA & Space Syntax Analysis
Clients: Various SME›s within IF (innovation Futures) European Founded Project based in Sheffield 2011 - 2012
Opportunities for innovation and creativity are widely known to depend on the flow and exchange of information and ideas; in recent years, the importance of the spatial environment in facilitating such social exchange has been increasingly recognised. This research project involving several UK based companies SME›s, it investigates the relationship between innovation and the office environment, both in terms of social and physical space.
The team integrated analytical approaches of Social Network Analysis, which has emerged from the social sciences as an important means of visualising workplace relations, and Space Syntax Analysis from the disciplines of architecture and the built environment.
This project tried to understand the everyday means by which people at work (colleagues) interact in order to conduct their work. It was developed in the context of increasingly relevant concern for the learning organisation aiming to support the optimum conditions for efficiency, innovation and the management of tacit knowledge within companies.
The research aimed to adopt a ‘unitary’ approach to organisational space. The case study thus provided a means to think holistically about the socio-spatial nature of organisational creativity, aiming toward a better understanding of the opportunities for workplace innovation and of how these may be enhanced within their business practice.