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Evolution and change in the serviced office sector: a decade later

Dabson, A. and McAllister, P., (2014) Evolution and change in the serviced office sector: a decade later. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning. 02/14. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp23.

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With particular reference to its role in the corporate real estate supply chain, this paper focuses on how the serviced office sector in the UK has evolved and changed over the last decade. A qualitative research approach involving 21 semi-structured interviews with corporate clients of serviced office operators was used to address a number of issues regarding the perceptions of users of serviced offices. It is concluded that the serviced office sector has become an established sector of the UK’s commercial real estate market providing an essential product for many corporate organisations. The serviced office sector has been relatively nimble and a range of operational models have emerged. It was found that corporate organisations use serviced office space and services in order to align workforce change with portfolio change, to transfer risk, for short-term project space, as temporary overflow space, to pilot a new location, to become familiar with a specific geographical marketplace or simply to gain an initial presence in an area.

Item Type:Report (Working Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:35695
Publisher:University of Reading
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