The New Office; Francis Duffy; Conran Octopus pounds 50.00
Dr Frank Duffy of architects DEGW is a guru of office design. This book is probably the most accessible and richly illustrated of his many works. It divides different workplaces into hives, dens, clubs and cells, depending on the levels of autonomy and personal interaction. BEST OF ITS KIND
New Workspace New Culture; Gavin Turner and Jeremy Myerson Gower; pounds 42.50
The thrust of this book is that change-management programmes won't work unless supported by change in the work environment. Written by an experienced public-sector manager (Turner) in tandem with a design commentator, the book's many case studies range from BA to the Ministry of Defence.
BEST OF ITS KIND
Experiment at Work; Andy Law; Profile pounds 15.00
Law headed advertising co-operative St Luke's, whose non-territorial workplace featured many radical ideas. It ended in tears as the agency nose-dived and the founders fell out. But it's a useful guide to the limits of ambition in rethinking your workplace.
BEST OF ITS KIND.