A Chair for the Office of the Future

Jones, Gerry
July 1996
Management Services;Jul96, Vol. 40 Issue 7, p18
This article reports on the conference on a new Research Chair and an associated Centre of Excellence in May 1996, at the Institute of Electrical Engineers. Great Britain's electronics and office furniture industries are very keen to set them up. According to Barry Wood, deputy president of the Federation of the Electronics Industry, there is little interaction between electronic equipment manufacturers, communications equipment manufacturer, software houses, furniture manufacturers, heating and ventilation engineers, lighting engineers and sound control consultants. The new Chair and Centre is intended to fill these gaps with a program of research courses, information services and distance learning in various topics including electronics, telecommunications, and health and safety. Brian Manley, vice president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, looked back 200 years to the Industrial Revolution and then gave a vision of the world 200 years hence. Alison Kidd, a psychologist researching for a company Hewlett Packard, developed the theme. She said knowledge workers had very different office requirements to those of technologists or process workers.


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