Workplace Planning, Design, and Management

  • Franklin Becker
Part of the Advances in Environment, Behavior, and Design book series (AEBD, volume 3)


As part of a general management theory, Frederick Taylor’s Principles of Scientific Management (1911) marked a great turning point in our thinking about how the planning, design, and management of the workplace affects individual and organizational performance. With respect to physical design, Taylor did much more than simply suggest how factors such as office layout affect work patterns. He articulated a fundamental philosophy of office planning and design that almost 80 years later is still a powerful force influencing how offices are designed and planned in North America. Its hallmark was efficiency. Furniture and plant layouts that minimized “wasted” movement (and thus wasted time and money) were the goal.


User Involvement Facility Management Physical Design Break Area Employee Involvement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franklin Becker
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  1. 1.Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human EcologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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