טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentKravchyk Liat
SubjectLifestyle Attributes of High Tech Workers as
Planning Input: A Value Stretch Analysis
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisor Professor Baruch Kipnis


Abstract

Background

This research is part of a comprehensive study of workers in various sectors of the Israeli economy , which analyzed the relationships between life styles of the workers and their impact on plans the built environment within which they work and live. This research focuses on workers in the Israeli Research and Development (R&D) sector, the Hi-Tech industry.The main assumptions of this research were first, that it is possible to measure the life-style characteristics and preferences of the Hi-Tech workers and second, to compare and assess differences among sub-groups within this sector. The main comparative groups were R&D personnel versus non-technical/research staff, and men versus women. The study was based in-depth survey of a sample of 100 workers in the Israeli Hi-Tech industry. The analysis was according to the “Value Stretch Model”.

Main Findings

Socio-Economic characteristics - No significant difference was found between the two comparative groups. As a whole the entire sample was quite homogeneous, in terms of education, income, age, residence, country of origin, and religious observance.

Life Style - There was no significant difference in life style between R&D and non-R&D workers. The significant difference, which was found among some characteristics between men and women, does not signify a substantial difference in socio-economic status.   Most members of the sample belong to the same upper socio-economic group, which have already fulfilled their preferences and expectations.