Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis or Project Study
📌 Key facts
According to a McKinsey report, more than 20 percent of the workforce could work remotely three to five days a week as effectively as they could if working from an office. More than half the workforce, however, has little or no opportunity for remote work. Some work is likely to stay remote after the pandemic as many people came to enjoy the extra freedom. On the other hand, many will return to their offices as they feel more productive and what to separate work and free time. It will depend on the work of people where they can and want to work. The current discussion further limits itself to home and office leaving out other places that could become more common places to get work done in the future.
Answer any of the following questions:
- Where will work happen in the future?
- Are there other places (third places) than home and office that could gain in popularity?
- What trends will change our living areas?
- What does the office of the future look like?
- Which third places are there and what benefits have they?
- Where can which work be done best? How do you define "best"?
- What does New Work Design look like?
🦾Who We Are
The Chair for Strategy and Organization is focused on doing research with impact. This means we do not want to repeat old ideas and base our research solely on the research people did 10 years ago. Instead, we currently research topics that will shape the future. Topics such as Agile Organizations and Digital Disruption, Blockchain Technology, Creativity and Innovation, Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation, Diversity, Education: Education Technology and Performance Management, HRTech, Leadership and Teams. We are always early in noticing trends, technologies, strategies and organizations that shape the future, which has its ups and downs.
- Desk research current academic literature on the topic
- Identify types of work, living, and third places where work is done
- Analyse different work and office approaches
- Define best practices and give visual examples (e.g. photos of workplaces)
- Design recommendations for companies to create the office of the future
- Reliable and self-driven
- Enthusiasm for New Work / Trend Research / Architecture / Psychology
- Ability to do sophisticated internet, desk research, and connect with practitioners
- Passion to learn more about the future and do research with impact
📚 Further Reading
Felstead, A., Jewson, N., & Walters, S. (2005). The shifting locations of work: new statistical evidence on the spaces and places of employment. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017005053186
Allianz-Chef Bäte bleibt gern zu Hause
Allianz-Chef Oliver Bäte (55) nutzt die Erfahrungen mit Heimarbeit während der Corona-Pandemie für eine Revolution innerhalb des Versicherungskonzerns. Er gehe davon aus, dass sich die Büroflächen auf längere Sicht um ein Drittel reduzieren ließen, sagte Bäte der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters. Von den Reisekosten ließen sich dauerhaft 50 Prozent einsparen.
New Work Design Lab
Wir unterstützen in Projekten als Forschungs- und Umsetzungspartner bei der Prototypenentwicklung bis zur vorwettbewerblichen Realisierung durch nutzergetriebene, testbasierte Vorgehensweise. Zentrales Ziel unserer Forschungs-und Entwicklungstätigkeiten ist es, die Ergebnisse zur Anwendung zu bringen und damit den Transfer von der Idee bis zur Verwertung zu begleiten.
Our Work-from-Anywhere Future
Idea in Brief The Shift The Covid-19 lockdowns proved that it is not only possible but perhaps preferable for knowledge workers to do their jobs from anywhere. Will this mark a long-term shift into all-remote work? Benefits and Challenges Studies show that working from home yields numerous benefits for both individuals and their organizations, most notably in the form of enhanced productivity and engagement.
The Implications of Working Without an Office
In early 2020, the world began what is undoubtedly the largest work-from-home experiment in history. Now, as countries reopen but Covid-19 remains a major threat, organizations are wrestling with whether and how to have workers return to their offices. Business leaders need to be able to answer a number of questions to make these decisions.
What's next for remote work: An analysis of 2,000 tasks, 800 jobs, and nine countries
For many workers, COVID-19's impact has depended greatly on one question: Can I work from home or am I tethered to my workplace? Quarantines, lockdowns, and self-imposed isolation have pushed tens of millions around the world to work from home, accelerating a workplace experiment that had struggled to gain traction before COVID-19 hit.
Future of Workplace: Is This The End Of The Office Or The Start Of Its Finest Hour?
April 2018 Working from home, cafes or co-working spaces has never been easier or more popular. But the digital tools that have set us free can also help to create working environments that are flexible, intuitive - even inspiring. So is this the end of the office, or the start of its finest hour?
What will the 'office' look like in 10 years' time?
It happens every few years: a seismic shift in the way we live our lives fuels a change in human behaviour so significant, it blows the concept of the office as we know it out of the water. Modern technology is no exception.
📄 Requirements to any Work
We do not want your research to gather dust in some corner of a bookshelf but make it accessible to the world. Thus, we warmly encourage you to create some or all of the following:
- Infograph - visually represent some of your work (find examples here)
- Slide Deck - summarize your research and possibly present it
- Extract most important sequences from podcasts, videos, and other media
- 3-4 Tweets about the most important findings and summarizing the topic
- optional: Medium Article - let people outside university know about your research and start your personal brand
📬 How to Apply
If you are interested, please contact Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe (e-mail below) by submitting your CV and grade report. Please also briefly outline your tentative research idea (research question, data and methods, possible outcomes with a tentative outline all in word as *.docx)
We're greatly looking forward to hearing more about you!