Publications
and studies

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Scientists, practitioners and market researchers are investigating the development of office work and the office workplace. The IBA and its members are making their contribution to the discussion through its own studies and publications.


IBA Publications

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  • Our specialized publications provide background knowledge and tips on workplace design.
  • The IBA/bso studies describe the status quo of office work and point to important fields of action.
  • The New Work Order Studies describe the development of office work and venture a look into the future of work.
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You can download the IBA Publications here.


selected studies at a glance

Office work is one of the most diverse and dynamic forms of work. The studies that contribute to the development of office work are equally diverse.


IBA Study 2017

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Well-being in the workplace

Employees’ perspective regarding their workplaces

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The Legacy

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Insights into the lives of Germans, their wishes and expectations

The study was conducted by the Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft (infas) and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) under the leadership of Prof. Ph.D. Jutta Allmendinger. Initiator was the ZEIT-Verlag.

The description of this study is only available on our German website. Please excuse any inconvenience.

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Employer attractiveness

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HIH Office Study 2016: When looking for a job office quality is often more important than salary

The study was conducted by: forsa Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen mbH.

The description of this study is only available on our German website. Please excuse any inconvenience.

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Sit-stand dynamic

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Occasional standing makes employees more productive

A comparative study of the effect of changing body positions (sitting and standing) on the productivity of call centre employees. Conducted by: Gregory Garrett, Mark Benden, Ranjana Mehta, Adam Pickens and S. Camille Peres, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, and Hongwei Zhao, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas

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IBA/bso Study 2015

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More than half of the employees in Germany work in an office

A representative telephone survey of employees in the office sector. Conducted by forsa Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen mbH on behalf of IBA (formerly bso).

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Green vs. Lean

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Advantages of an attractively designed work environment

A team of researchers from the universities of Cardiff (UK), Exeter (UK), Groningen (NL) and Queensland (AU) explored the benefits of an attractively designed work environment.

The description of this study is only available on our German website. Please excuse any inconvenience.

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Promoting creativity

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Just going for a stroll

A Stanford University experiment investigating work environments that promote creativity. The study was conducted by Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz, Stanford University

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IBA/bso Study 2013/14

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Three generations in the office

Telephone surveys of human resources managers/managing directors and office workers on behalf of the IBA (formerly bso)

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We are currently preparing the IBA Study 2018. The topic: Employer attractiveness.