MHRM, BBus, BA
PhD candidate, Griffith Business School
Space to Create: Socio-Environmental Antecedents of Performance
In response to the need for creativity to ensure organizational success, organizations are exploring diverse means of supporting employees’ creative performance. At Google, not only can employees unicycle, take their dogs to work and move around the office via slippery dips, they can utilize up to 20% of their work time to work on projects of personal interest to them (Von Jan, 2011).
Increasingly, however, attention is turning to where creative work occurs (Backhouse & Drew, 1992). The way we work, and the physical workplace’s role in it, is undergoing a fundamental shift, with creativity being viewed in part as a function of place and space (Csikszentmihalyi, 2002), with firms like IDEO stating that their working environment and infrastructure improves their creative performance (Kelley & Littman, 2001).
This research extends our understanding of the physical environment in the workplace by developing a model of the role of place – including social and physical factors – in increasing performance.
Principal SupervisorsProfessor Peter Jordan
Associate Professor Arran Caza
- Sander, L 2008, Intelligently Different: Inspired, interesting people and places, in M. Church (ed) Ideas: Original Perspectives on Life and Business, vol. 3, Sydney, Australia: Thought Leaders.
Forthcoming book chapters
- Sander, L and Caza, A (forthcoming 20140), The role of leadership in developing the innovative manager, in A. Wilkinson, (ed) Managing Managers.
- Sander, L and Ashkanasay, N 2014, Organized and co-chaired symposium, Physical Environment and Performance in Organizations, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists annual meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Sander, L, Caza, A and Jordan, P 2014, Symposium paper, Variety, Customizability and Appeal: Conceptual and empirical development of the VCA model of the workplace environment.
- Sander, L 2013, What makes a creative workplace? Socio-Environmental Antecedents of Creative Performance, Asia-Pacific Symposium of Emotions & Work-Life Balance (ANZAM), Melbourne, Australia.
- Sander, L 2013, Space to Create: Socio-Environmental Antecedents of Creative Performance, Griffith University Creative Innovation through Cross Fertilisation Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.
- Sander, L 2013, Space to Create: Socio-Environmental Antecedents of Creative Performance, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management & QUT School of Management PhD Colloquium, Brisbane, Australia.
- Sander, L, 2013, Space to Create: Socio-Environmental Antecedents of Creative Performance, Griffith University Employment Relations & Human Resources Research Colloquium, Brisbane, Australia.
Honors & awards
2013 Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award
2013 Travel Scholarship Asia-Pacific Symposium of Emotions & Work-Life Balance ANZAM.