Post-Occupancy Evaluation and Organizational Learning

Jan 01, 2002

This article considers post-occupancy evaluation (POE) from four separate theoretical perspectives on organizational learning and speculates how these can inform future efforts at building evaluation. The perspectives afford views of organizational learning as a phenomenon based on: (1) cultural change, (2) systems thinking, (3) improved reasoning and interpersonal competence, and (4) sharing practice-based knowledge. Each provides a distinct view of POE as a mode of organizational intervention. Moreover, they highlight a variety of ways of thinking about buildings in relation to organizational life, suggest different research agendas for organizationally relevant POE, and point to alternative strategies for facilitating organizational learning.

Brian Schermer (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
EDRA33/2002 Proceedings
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Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

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