Multimodal R&D Environments Mean Increased Multidisciplinary Effectiveness
For R&D breakthroughs too many cooks in the kitchen do make the best soup imaginable. More, it’s the spatial relationship of the teams that actually have the most over arching effect, very similar to the way renaissance courtyards were constructed.
In “Design for Knowledge Exploration & Exploitation in R&D” we see how specific spatial design is a strong tool for implementing specific workspace staging along the process chain of raw R&D to increase breakthrough probability. Via contextual ambidexterity, through different workspace designs co-located with different discipline and functional teams, even within the same office or laboratory environment, exploration and exploitation can be increased to foster organizational learning, and a consistent increase in breakthroughs for those involved.
More, what is ignored often is the simplicity of coordinating specific R&D activities with spatial queues to increase R&D effectiveness and the ramifications of modifying the R&D process windows to utilize the above to increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.