Spatial Phenomena of Mediatised Work

Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)


In Cultural and Social Sciences, space is perceived as culturally or socially constructed, as a result of communicative and social action (as noted by Funken and Löw 2003). According to the theory of mediatisation (Krotz 2007; Hepp 2012), media play an important role in transforming space, space-related perceptions and actions (Krotz 2007: 39). ICT or digital media, along with the ongoing process of virtualisation, have led to the flexibilisation and dissolution of the boundaries (‘Entgrenzung’) of existent spaces and to the emergence of new spaces. In a recent study, entitled ‘Mediatization of Work’ (Roth-Ebner 2015a), the interrelation between the mediatisation of office work and the phenomena of space and time was explored. This chapter is based upon this research and will present results concerning the transformation of space in the context of mediatised office work. In order to frame the results, the next section will provide the theoretical basis by discussing concepts that describe space and the space-constructing character of media. After the specification of the methods in section “Methods”, the study’s results concerning the question of how the use of media at work changes and molds space, spatial perceptions and spatial behaviour, will be explained in the third and main part. The outcome’s implications for the individual will be mentioned in the final section.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media and CommunicationsUniversity of KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria

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