Professor of Management
University of Queensland (Australia)

Presentation title
I need my space, you’re in my face! the impact of spatial density on employees’ emotions, territorial behavior, and outcomes

Bart de Jong

10 July 2012

Professor Ashkanasy is a Professor of Management at The University of Queensland Business School. His PhD in Social and Organisational Psychology; is also from The University of Queensland. Professor Ashkanasy previously worked in the schools of psychology, commerce, engineering, management, and business.

Before entering academic life Professor Ashkanasy had professional engineering and management career for 18-year. He was a former national president of the Hydrology and Water Resources Institution of Engineers and oversaw the planning and building of the Wivenhoe Dam

He is one of the leading researchers in organisational behaviour in Australia and internationally. Current research interests include:

  • Emotions at work
  • Leadership and leader-member relationships
  • Organisational culture
  • Ethics in organisational behaviour

Open Seminar
For this Open Seminar Neal Ashkanasy from The University of Queensland, Australia will present his paper “I need my space, you’re in my face! the impact of spatial density on employees’ emotions, territorial behavior, and outcomes”, - Ayoko, Ashkanasy & Jehn (2012).

Most employees in today’s Western industrialized world work in offices.  As a consequence, the issue of office space layout is a critical consideration in office worker productivity.  To date, however, researchers in organizational behavior have largely neglected this important aspect of modern worklife.  Moreover, while many employees believe that “having my own space” is critical to their productivity, research on this topic has been equivocal, portraying modern open-plan workspace configurations as either a boon or bane. In this article therefore, we seek to redress this neglect and to resolve the contradictions by proposing a dynamic model of the interplay between the employees’ spatial context, territorial behaviors, affect, and outcomes.  Or theorizing is based in principles of affective events theory, where features of the physical work environment trigger emotional reactions resulting in territorial behavior and subsequent outcomes for office worker behavior and performance.  We conclude with a discussion of the boundary conditions of our theory, and suggest some of the implications of our modeling for improved understanding of organizational behavior in the context of a modern office setting.

To register for this Open Seminar please contact Margriet Buseman.