Campus Units

Supply Chain and Information Systems, Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

9-2007

Journal or Book Title

Computers in Human Behavior

Volume

23

Issue

5

First Page

2429

Last Page

2454

DOI

10.1016/j.chb.2006.03.017

Abstract

Object language is a term that describes the messages that objects convey to people. This paper extends previous research on the object language associated with office design elements such as the placement of one’s desk and office messiness by examining the role of computer technology as an additional form of object language. Computer technology was operationalized in Study 1 in terms of the innovativeness of technology displayed in an office, while Study 2 focused on the portability of computer technology. Undergraduate students responded to photographs of faculty offices exhibiting various combinations of office messiness, desk placement and technology. Results showed that while computer technology plays a more subtle role in visitor attributions about the officeholder in comparison to office messiness or desk placement, computer technology does convey messages about work performance, especially time management skills. The main role played by computer technology is in terms of its interaction with office messiness. Results of the role of office design in impression management are discussed.

Comments

This accepted manuscript is published as McElroy,J.C., Scheibe, K.P., Morrow, P.C., Computer technology as object language: revisiting office design. Computers in human Behavior. 23(5); 2429-24254. Doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2006.03.017. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Elsevier Ltd

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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