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The Reinvention of the Modern Office

Distributed for Reaktion Books


The Reinvention of the Modern Office

As we look toward a future of hybrid or virtual offices, a timely call to rethink the very nature and design of the workplace.
Over the past one hundred years, the office has been integral to the development of modern society. It has shaped the architecture of our cities, the behavior of our organizations, and the everyday movements of millions of people. In 2020, however, the global pandemic brought our attendance in the office to an abrupt halt and triggered a complete reevaluation of the purpose of the workplace. This book offers a panoramic view of the office and explores what happens next. The authors advance a manifesto for “unworking”—unlearning old habits and rituals established for an outdated office and crafting and creating new ones fit for an age of digital technology, design innovation, and diverse workforces.

240 pages | 46 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor

Sociology: Occupations, Professions, Work

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"This book could not be more timely as the world grapples with what the post-pandemic workplace should look like. Myerson and give us a scholarly yet deeply engaging account of the past, present, and future shape of the office. Essential reading for those planning the new office environment—and anyone who’s going to have to live in it."

Rory Cellan-Jones, former BBC News technology correspondent, author of "Always On: Hope and Fear in the Social Smartphone Era"

"The pandemic has dramatically changed the way we work and how we work. Unworking is a fantastic and highly readable book, providing a pathway for the new world of work and the office environments of the future. This is a ‘must read’ for senior executives and many others in navigating the opportunities for future workplaces—you won’t regret it!"

Sir Cary Cooper CBE, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, University of Manchester

"Brimming with ideas, insights, examples, and wisdom, this is the go-to book for everyone interested in the future of the office and curious about the future development of work."

Lynda Gratton, London Business School, author of "Redesigning Work"

“Myerson and Ross capture the most significant changes in the world of the office for decades. Their understanding of the social, economic, technology changes and the roles of home and office is unsurpassed.”

Sir Stuart Lipton, Lipton Rogers Developments

"To challenge the status quo so that new thinking can emerge, we have to be able to hold both a strong grasp of how we got here, and a deep understanding of the forces that are driving the need for change. Myerson and Ross have a wealth of experience and insight in both these areas. They are also consummate communicators: their manifesto is unputdownable, at turns scary and exhilarating, a thrilling invitation to create work—and work spaces—that work for all."

David Firth, consultant, coach and author in Organizational Development

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