Research & Development

In a context of societal transformation, changing the ways of working and management, corporate real estate, and more particularly workspaces of all kinds, are becoming a valuable lever for companies. For any market player that advise companies, it is essential to anticipate trends, test new tools, experiment methods and, above all, measure feedbacks.

Concerned about supporting its customers in the long term and guaranteeing them advices and lasting operational recommendations, Colliers International France decided to invest 5 years ago in an R&D department that brings together researchers and experts in ergonomics, psychology and sociology of work.

Beyond our projects for our clients, our work results in the regular publication of articles and studies on 3 main subjects.

Transforming working environments

The objective of this workstream is to analyse the major changes in our society in terms of working and environment methods. This may involve anticipating the development of agile methods for example, and the impact this has on the spaces design. Or to evaluate the effects of work environments on the use, well-being and performance of employees.

In particular, the R&D department has created an Observatory enabling companies to benefit from benchmarks and "feedbacks" based on qualitative and quantitative methodologies (questionnaire surveys, focus groups, in situ observations, interviews, etc.).

In addition, an innovative questionnaire for evaluating work environments, co-developed with Le Lab RH, is currently being tested with volunteer companies. To learn more and test it in your company, contact: audrey.abitan@colliers.com.
Foresight and real estate

The objective of this workstream is to unravel and anticipate the future of commercial real estate by identifying and analysing the many factors behind the ongoing transformations, whether they are social, societal or environmental like climate change, mobility, AI, jobs and skills, organisational culture, raison d'être...

Our next publications will cover the following topics:

  • What possible future(s) for working environments by 2030? (report to be published in November 2019),
  • Coworking: what models and uses are to be expected in the coming years? (report to be published in January 2020).
Practice innovation

This workstream aims to innovate how we support our clients. We experiment new tools to support change towards new workspaces or the cultural transformation of a company. We are looking for new methods to better integrate quality of life at work and CSR issues into our design practices.

This is how we combine the Design Thinking methodology with the use of 3D tools. We value the contribution of geomatics to analyze territorial dynamics and identify future opportunities. Moreover we are experimenting with innovative framework such as OsmoZ, developed by Certivéa.

A partnership approach

We develop our work in partnership with actors from the academic or innovation world,