The extended narrotype: adaptation and stasis in spatial evolution.

PRICE, Ilfryn and BEARD, Colin (2013). The extended narrotype: adaptation and stasis in spatial evolution. In: EURAM Conference, Istanbul, 26-28 June 2013. (Unpublished)


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We present the proposition that features of work spaces, in both learning spaces and offices, might be considered as the memetic or linguistic analogue of extended phenotypes. We demonstrate a synchronicity in theorising about, on the one hand processes of cognition and learning, and on the other about the design of physical space in our two chosen contexts. The actual physical expression lags the theory in both because, we argue, it reflects the narratives of both powerful occupiers of the space and the professional departments responsible for provision of same. The results are compatible with, and an independent argument for, a ‘narrative ecology’ perspective on organisations. Our intention here is the theory however the results have relevance both to accelerating learning and democratizing management. They argue for the spatial dimension to organisational studies as a subset of research and practice in organisational Darwinism.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Service Sector Management
Depositing User: Ilfryn Price
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 08:59
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 12:17

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