Open offices — both real world and virtual

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Over at Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim has a remarkable piece about open offices in the higher education industrial space. As he notes,

In the academic context, less office space can mean more space tied to mission.  More space for classrooms and labs.

Less office space can also mean more public spaces.  More spaces for collaboration.  More spaces for communication.

Most importantly, spending less money on square feet means more money for more brains.

We at ResearchFlow(TM) love this! We’d only add that open offices don’t just happen in the “real world” — that is, in the physical space of desks, watercoolers, and coffee machines — but also virtually. In fact, ResearchFlow(TM) can be thought of as a “virtual” open office — a space where communication and collaboration flows through central servers, where Deans and adjuncts, full profs and postdocs, work side-by-side, collaborating on the latest humanities research. We believe not in faculty doing their work on “closed” computers (behind closed doors), but rather on “open”, networked computers that allow all to see keystrokes, browsing habits, and sources gathered. That way, newer and truer forms of collaboration will be made possible, and those who are having trouble producing research or getting grants can get help.

That’s just like what happens in a well-planned open office, just as Kim notes. More “virtual space” for collaboration is possible — with ResearchFlow(TM). Check it out now!

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