What It Takes to Innovate

Research shows that creating spaces where the unique characteristics of teams charged with idea generation can help organizations be more innovative.

Two women and two men gather round a standing-height table to view a computer monitor.

Recently 90 percent of executives said the success of their company depends on innovation. Many are asking highly collaborative teams to do the rapid-fire ideating that innovation requires.

To better understand how these teams operate, Herman Miller researchers studied them in action, across industries and locations. Among their findings, they noted that effective teams prefer quick, unplanned, and smooth transitions between activities. Five distinct work areas enhance this improvisational style of working.

Research such as this informed the creation of a setting we call Clubhouse. Its five distinct work areas intentionally arranged in proximity to one another enhance the behaviors of improvisational teams.