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A Nordic guide to workplace design (DEKAR)

  • Publisert 28.02.2007
  • Sist oppdatert 08.06.2011
DEKAR - Den nordiske kunnskapsarbeidsplassen (The Nordic workplace design for knowledge work)


The workplace design – the physical environment for the enterprise – is an important characteristic of the enterprise. The goal of the project was to explore how workplace design – as a set of activities – can be deployed as a strategic instrument in knowledge-intensive industries in order to improve central aspects of operational functioning, such as concentration and co-operation – key factors for strengthening innovativeness and competitiveness.


Main results

The Guide is based on a series of case studies in all the Nordic countries, and is formulated as a set of recommendations and dilemmas for workplace design. Workplace design is locally anchored in order to reach particular goals. Hence it is important to formulate guidelines for local development practices – both for activities within enterprises, and for the enterprises to be qualified customers among the various professions providing workplace design services.

The main target groups for the Guide are:

  • Enterprises in private and public sector, including employers, employees, facilities managers, HR personnel, and trade union representatives
  • Providers of products and services for workplace design, including interior architects, architects, facilities owners, workplace consultants, and ICT-suppliers
  • Public authorities, including urban planners, and health and safety inspectors

Project duration: 01.04.2003 - 01.09.2005

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