Establishing and utilizing the concept of socio-technical-spatial systems in the 21st century work environment
School of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Hawk, David L.
McDermott, Kevin J.
Bales, Erv L.
Productivity is an important aspect of work environment in a market economy. It depends on the integration of the efficiency of the technical system, the social structure of the organization as well as the spatial environment. The relationship of productivity to the spatial environment within the changing work environment is the primary concern of this research. The research attempts to identify where we are now in terms of our understanding of productivity and its relationship to the work environment as well as the historic evolution that has brought us to this stage. In addition, this project attempts to explain the method of utilizing the socio-technical-spatial systems in the design of a manufacturing facility for the General Motors Corporation. This 3.3 million square feet manufacturing facility is designed as a part of an international interdisciplinary research and design competition organized by the ACSA and the GM Corporation.
njit-etd1987-003 (99 pages ~ 7,241 KB pdf)
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Front Matter (Title Page, Abstract, Table of Contents, etc. ~ 8 pages ~ 1,055 KB pdf)
Introduction (6 pages ~ 535 KB pdf)
Chapter I: Work Environment: The Setting (5 pages ~ 476 KB pdf)
Chapter II: Productivity: The Goal (8 pages ~ 837 KB pdf)
Chapter III: Social Systems: The Participants (5 pages ~ 412 KB pdf)
Chapter IV: Technical Systems: The Means (8 pages ~ 508 KB pdf)
Chapter V: Socio-Technical-Spatial Systems: The Concept (7 pages ~ 423 KB pdf)
Chapter VI: The GM Manufacturing Facility: The Application (38 pages ~ 1,917 KB pdf)
Chapter VII: Conclusions (3 pages ~ 140 KB pdf)
Bibliography (3 pages ~ 167 KB pdf)
General Motors Competition Drawings (18 pages ~ 1,632 KB pdf)
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