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Academic Architecture and the Constitution of the New Model Worker

Hancock, P. & Spicer, A. (2010). Academic Architecture and the Constitution of the New Model Worker. Culture and Organization, 17(2), pp. 91-105. doi: 10.1080/14759551.2011.544885


This paper represents an exploration of organizational architecture and interior design insofar as it represents a technology of interpellation that encourages various forms of identity to become privileged over others. In particular, it focuses on the design and aesthetic management of the Saltire Centre, a UK university library. It is argued that through a combination of architectural and aesthetic techniques, this building operates as what is termed an identityscape – a spatially bounded site oriented towards the production of economically viable modes of identity conducive to the demands of a post‐industrial economy.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Culture and Organization on 03 Mar 2011, available online:
Publisher Keywords: architecture, aesthetics, identity, libraries
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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