Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek

Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek
Eindhoven University of Technology | TUE · Department of Built Environment

PhD

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor in corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In my research, I approach CRE as an important strategic resource for (knowledge) organizations. I focus on 2 lines of research: 1) how CRE should be managed strategically and 2) how location, building and workplace design choices for modern work environments add value to driving forces of users & organisations.
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - present
Eindhoven University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • In her research, Rianne approaches CRE as an important strategic resource for (knowledge) organizations. She focuses on 2 lines of research: 1) how it should be managed strategically and 2) how location, building and workspace design choices for modern work environment concepts add value to driving forces of the users (such as employee health and productivity, innovativeness of the organization, and flexibility).
April 2004 - August 2019
Eindhoven University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • course Corporate Real Estate Strategy master project on vacancy and area transformation supervision MSc students on final thesis, e.g.: New ways of working added value buildings Performance and functionality
March 2004 - present
Eindhoven University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
September 1993 - August 1998
Eindhoven University of Technology
Field of study
  • Built environment

Publications

Publications (94)
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Purpose This paper aims to study employee mental health in relation to workplace design and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) when working from home, which has received little attention. The trend toward hybrid working urges for more knowledge. Design/methodology/approach Through a mixed data collection method, this study analyzed potential relat...
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The role of the physical workspace in employee mental health is often overlooked. As a (mentally) healthy workforce is vital for an organisation’s success, it is important to optimise office workspace conditions. Previous studies on the effects of the physical workspace on mental health tended to focus on the effects of a specific element of the ph...
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Technology development is increasingly important for creating efficient and sustainable economies. Policy-makers have encouraged the co-location of technology-based firms that could lead to innovation benefits. One of the innovation policies are science parks, area developments where technology-based firms, universities and research institutes co-l...
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Previous research indicates that employees’ mental health might be influenced by their satisfaction with physical office characteristics, such as noise, daylight, and ventilation. However, similar research on mental health in relation to working from home (WFH) is limited. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the relationships between satisfacti...
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Previous research showed that office workers are mainly distracted by noise, influencing their mental health. Little investigation has been done into the influence of other workspace characteristics (i.e. temperature, amount of space, visual privacy, adjustability of furniture, wall colours, and workspace cleanliness) on distractions at the office,...
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It is expected that most office workers will work from home more often after COVID-19, but it remains unclear who is inclined to go back to the office and who is not when hybrid working becomes reality. Existing studies lack insights how (design) characteristics of the available office and home workspace influences workspace choice behavior. This s...
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Coworking spaces have become a central component of new work environments, with large international chains. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether user preferences for the physical workspace design are consistent across countries, which the uniformity of such chains seems to suggest. A comparison between the user preferences of coworki...
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Previous studies indicated a potential influence of physical workplace characteristics (e.g. light, noise, air quality) on employees' mental health (e.g. stress, fatigue, or mood). Until recently, most workplace-context research had a pathogenic instead of a salutogenic orientation. In this systematic scoping review (PRISMA) ten indicators of menta...
Book
Open access e-book is available from the link below (Taylor & Francis website): https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.1201/9781003128830/handbook-theories-designing-alignment-people-office-environment-rianne-appel-meulenbroek-vitalija-danivska
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Purpose This paper aims to identify the importance of individual variables in the corporate real estate (CRE) decision-making process. Design/methodology/approach Nine experts received a posed scenario of a changed business strategy requiring a CRE reduction in individual interviews. Based on their suggested response, a decision network was modell...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to explain the contribution of Corporate Real Estate Management (CREM) to corporate success and to substantiate it empirically. However, no empirically tested holistic concept classifies and explains the different success contributions of CREM in their mechanisms of action and organisational levels. Design/meth...
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Smart office concepts became popular in recent decades, and organisations adopt this concept with expected benefits on users. Yet, it is unclear how users experience the relocation process to a smart office environment. This study examines user experiences during such relocation by focusing on their behaviour and satisfaction. Eleven semi-structure...
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Management of workplaces is more in the spotlight nowadays. Generally we could say that it starts with aligning workplace design to organizational strategy and employee needs and preferences. This should be done through choosing effective workplace strategies for managing the workspace and workplace services both efficiently, while at the same time...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to identify the variables that influence corporate real estate (CRE) decision-making and gauge their relative importance to each other, thereby understanding the consequent challenges/implications for CRE managers (CREM’s). Design/methodology/approach Interviews were undertaken with experienced CREM’s using the...
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Purpose The purpose of this article is to aid conceptualization of social well-being at work by identifying its components in a contemporary office context, so adequate measures can be developed to monitor social well-being and to assess the impact of interventions in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach This study used existing interview da...
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Purpose To study effects of different sources of noise in office environments on perceived productivity, how different types of employees cope with different noise sources, and the perceived effect of different coping strategies on individual productivity. Design/methodology/approach Data on coping behavior and noise perception was collected throu...
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Science parks as knowledge-intensive area developments aim to enhance networking, and innovative and economic performances of firms and regions. This paper seeks to explore the perceived benefits (i.e. types of performance indicators) that science park firms associate with specific science park attributes. Association data between twenty science pa...
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Purpose Board members and real estate managers (decision makers) play an important role in the decision-making process in nursing home organisations. This study aims to provide an understanding of underlying attributes and benefits sought by decision makers when making nursing home real estate decisions. Design/methodology/approach Decision makers...
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Science parks as area developments have existed for decades and captivated the attention of academia and policy-makers for their potential impact on firms and regions. Only limited attention is given to the needs of science park firms regarding what science parks offer. Therefore, this study focused on science park facilities and services and how f...
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Purpose This paper aims to explore, which characteristics of activity-based offices are related to the position of workers on the burnout – engagement continuum. Design/methodology/approach Literature review and an online survey amongst knowledge workers in the Netherlands, which provided data of 184 respondents from 14 organisations. The data has...
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It is important for organizations to support employees with suitable workspaces during different activities. Increasingly the activity-based office is seen as the optimal solution, as it provides people with choice between different types of workspaces to perform specific activities. This study addresses the trade-offs knowledge workers make when c...
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Although it is recognized that face-to-face interactions are important for sharing interests and (new) knowledge, it remains unknown how and where students and university employees interact in academic buildings. Therefore, the aim of this study is to analyse the location choice for face-to-face interactions in an academic building, including sever...
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Previous studies have analysed face-to-face interaction patterns and knowledge sharing between employees within large organizations. However, knowledge about whether and which type of knowledge is shared in business centres where organizations share spaces, facilities and services, is still limited. This paper addresses this research gap by looking...
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Workplace managers’ decisions on office design interventions are still dominated by cost criteria, instead of the positive effects design decisions could have on different employee outcomes (e.g., engagement, productivity, health and wellbeing) and thus on organizational effectiveness. This chapter reviews existing evidence from different academic...
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The way people work has changed and many corporate real estate (CRE) and facility managers (FM) are thinking about whether and how to implement smart-building applications in the work environments of their client. The data collected by these applications can be a valuable asset, however it is necessary to identify beforehand which type of data coll...
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Very little work has been undertaken on the consequences of economic recession on Corporate Real Estate (CRE) and its realignment following strategy changes. Only those CRE portfolios with short term leases have a dynamic alignment capability allowing them to readily adjust to change. For those with longer leases this leads to the creation of a sur...
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This paper seeks to understand whether the alignment process between business strategy and Corporate Real Estate (CRE) between 2007 and 2014 was dynamic. It investigated the financial data of 230 UK companies by means of a distributed time lag auto-regression model. The results show an increased commitment to CRE suggesting a reduced ability to dyn...
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Office design has been demonstrated to influence knowledge sharing within (large) organizations located in single-tenant buildings. For business centres, where organizations share spaces, facilities and services, it is often assumed that social networking and knowledge sharing between organizations occur even more frequently. However, empirical res...
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Nowadays, employees are seen as key assets of knowledge organisations who increasingly struggle to attract the best potential talent from a declining workforce. The office environment is considered to be an important way to support the needs of the newest generation-the millennials-and thus attract and retain them. This study therefore aimed to cre...
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Business centers offer flexible shared workspaces and facilities to multiple organizations, which provide more freedom in where to interact with others. However, knowledge on where different types of organizational interactions take place in business centers and how this behavior is influenced is still lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study is t...
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Employee satisfaction is pivotal for companies as it enhances perceived productivity and organizational performance. Office concepts and their workspaces can affect employee satisfaction. However, these effects are still ambiguous, particularly regarding the activity-based concept. Therefore, in this study employee satisfaction with the work enviro...
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Although science parks are established globally for decades as an innovation policy instrument to foster growth and networking, there is limited attention given towards research into possible types within these real estate objects. Prior attempts in categorising science parks are characterised by the limited number of cases and/or variables. Scienc...
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Purpose Serviced offices are popular, offering many services and facilities to attract tenants. As research showed that most business centres occupy similar buildings, services are important to differentiate. All kinds of people use them (from freelancers to employees of large corporates) and their characteristics are likely to influence how they...
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Purpose: Knowledge sharing is a process where individuals mutually exchange knowledge to create new knowledge. Understanding the knowledge-sharing process, during which organizations share spaces, facilities and services, is highly important for owners/managers who seek to optimize their business centres and to attract more innovative tenants. For...
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Long-term care facilities in the Netherlands try to implement new design approaches to enrich their environments and to cope with the changes and innovations in the Dutch healthcare sector. An enriched environment supports both quality of life of people with frail health and the well-being of the healthcare professionals who take care of them. Desp...
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Over the past decades, the use of mobile technology has increased and the attitude towards work has changed, making it possible to work anywhere at any time. However, workers still seek work environments that stimulate networking and collaboration possibilities. This has led to the growing popularity of co-working spaces. However, little is known a...
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This paper analyses Knowledge Sharing (KS) behaviour of employees during unplanned, work-related face-to-face meetings with colleagues. Hypotheses were formulated from theory on how this behaviour relates to three categories of known KS antecedents (knowledge components, organisational distance, and network aspects). Data are obtained from detailed...
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Purpose This study aims at understanding academic practice in the field of physical office environment research and providing recommendations for further enhancement of the field. It shows which effects of the physical office environment on employee outcomes are studied by which disciplines, and which methodologies are used by whom and on which var...
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Knowledge sharing during unplanned face-to-face meetings between employees is indispensable for innovation-based organizations. Spatial design of office buildings has been proven to influence the number of meetings dyads have at work, but research on the behavior during such meetings remains scarce. This article analyzes how several spatial variabl...
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The general conference theme for EFMC 2017 is “Consolidating the Global Scope of Facility Management” and this is also the theme of the 16th EuroFM Research Symposium, which is organized as part of the conference. The objective of the research symposium is to present original research that contributes to the understanding of the role of FM in organ...
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Many different multi-tenant offices have arisen over the last decades, as building owners address the changing nature of the workplace – a need for users to share facilities. However, the existing literature on multi-tenant buildings from the point of view of user satisfaction is scarce, limiting input for user-centred design. This study analyses t...
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Despite the possibility to work anyplace anywhere, the office and its work-spaces remain an important resource to influence organizational performance and fight in the war on new talents. Therefore, it is good to notice that the issue of how to manage the workplace is discussed in more board rooms than ever before. However, to be able to decide on...
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After the first, the second, and the third industrial revolution, the fourth industrial revolution is about to happen. In industry 4.0, for the Internet of Things (IoT), machines and other things are all connected to the Internet, which enables them to communicate with each other. Knowledge, service, and information will become more and more import...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the objectives, tenants, spaces and services of different business center concepts and test whether the existing classifications in literature and in the real estate market draw on significantly different concepts. Design/methodology/approach – After a literature review, data on business centers we...
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The purpose of this paper is to identify which activities of the corporate real estate management (CREM) organisation need to be performed during the different phases of a merger and acquisition (M&A) process. These activities show the possible role for CREM during this process in order to offer better support and possibly add more value to the org...
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This chapter outlines how dedicated FM and CREM practices, e.g., workplace management, may contribute to the added value of FM and CREM by sustaining innovation across all layers of the served organisation. The chapter also presents the core benefits and sacrifices of interventions for innovation and creativity of the served organisation, and propo...
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This chapter focuses on the financial side of Corporate Real Estate (CRE). First, the effect of ownership or leasing on the balance sheet is discussed. In addition, the lifecycle effects of ownership are looked at in connection with renovation, restructuring or alternative use. Particular attention is paid to the importance of regularly valuing CRE...
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This chapter presents some findings from surveys on employee satisfaction in different work environments in the Netherlands and various other European countries. It first discusses why employee satisfaction is relevant for organisations and which factors may influence employee satisfaction. Then the chapter discusses empirical data about employee s...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the corporate real estate (CRE) risks that might influence the added value of CRE to the shareholder value of an organization and to analyze if there are differences in perception of these risks according to job and company specifics of the respondents. Design/methodology/approach – A literature st...
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Purpose – Corporate real estate (CRE) is a costly and risky asset in need of more rigorous evaluation methods to support strategic decision making for portfolio and asset management. Especially the indirect added value on organizational revenues is hard to quantify, while it is gaining importance. The purpose of this paper is to describe a quantita...
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Purpose – In a time of economic downfall a lot of companies choose to reduce corporate real estate (CRE) costs instead of aiming at more user-oriented CRE strategies. This also affects the budgets that are available for CRE. Therefore it is important that the organization of the CRE management (CREM)-department is optimally aligned with the CRE-str...
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New Ways of Working (NewWoW) are popular for increasing employee and organisational effectiveness. Facility management (FM) aligns by aiming for higher levels of employee satisfaction and cost savings with introducing the shared features and facilities of activity based working (ABW). However, lack of proof of desired advantages of NewWoW is feedin...