Quotation Kornberger, Martin, Clegg, Stewart. 2004. Bringing Space Back in: Organizing the Generative Building. Organization Studies. 25 (7), 1095-1114.




In this article, we re.ect on architecture and management and organization theory, in terms of their mutual implications. We focus especially on a tacit implication in mainstream organization theory, which has an architectural genesis. In the past, management has been largely undergirded by a Cartesian rationality, one seen most clearly in the argument that structure follows strategy. Architecturally, this Cartesianism is present in the injunction that form follows function. Criticizing this point of view, we argue that organizations should be thought of as material, spatial ensembles — not just cognitive abstractions writ large. Linking space and organization in this way, we re.ect on the power that every spatial organization necessarily implies, both in negative and positive terms. After examining existing approaches to this issue, we discuss some positive power implications for management. We introduce the concept of the generative building that, instead of being a merely passive container for actions happening in it, contributes positively towards an organization’s capacities. We conclude with a re.ection on the impact of the generative building on management and processes of organizing.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Organization Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A+, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Bringing Space Back in: Organizing the Generative Building
Volume 25
Number 7
Year 2004
Page from 1095
Page to 1114
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F0170840604046312
Open Access N


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