A Study on the Difference of the Office Furniture Development between both sides of Taiwan and China
|關鍵字:||兩岸;辦公家具;辦公環境;趨勢;設計;滿意度;cross-strait;office furniture;office environment;trend;design;satisfaction|
Taiwan takes pride in its period of rapid economic development. However, the massive outflow of the businesses since the 1990s has led to stagnant economic development and a gradual economic downturn after 2000, but China has attracted the world’s capital investment, taking a leap to become the world’s second largest economy in two short decades. Due to China’s high economic development, the office furniture industry has achieved rapid growth, while the office environment has also received attention. This development trend is similar to what Taiwan has experienced. With the increasingly frequent exchanges between the two sides, Taiwan’s office furniture industry should also consider seeking market opportunities to find the way out. This study explores the development history and future trend of the office furniture industry in order to depict a clearer face of future cross-strait office furniture development. Through literature reviews, questionnaire surveys, and interviews, this study conducted an in-depth study on cross-strait office furniture and office environment development, systematically completed the office furniture development history of the two sides, investigated important design factors related to the office environment, compared the similarities and differences, and summarized the future development trend of cross-strait office furniture. A total of 74 important office furniture companies from the two sides were interviewed, of which 41 were companies from Taiwan and 33 were companies from China. The questionnaire survey consists of 943 respondents from the two sides, including 454 from Taiwan and 489 from China. The results show: time differences exist in cross-strait office furniture industry development, with Year 2000 as the demarcating point for the rise and fall of both sides. From the viewpoint of office furniture development, prior to 1990, Taiwan was 25-30 years ahead of China, but after 2000, the gap gradually narrowed. After 2010, China achieved rapid office furniture product development and caught up with Taiwan. Another study finding shows the office workers from the two sides do not differ much in terms of their perception of factors affecting the office environment. The results in this study are expected to bring cross-strait office furniture industry development to new strategic heights and serve as a reference for the future industrial development. In addition, this study expects to see more researchers from the two sides to conduct a research on office furniture and office environment related issues in order to positively enhance the quality and quantity of office environments.