Cubicle chronicles: How office workers got boxed in
8 May 2014 Last updated at 00:31 BST
The office cubicle is a source of frustration for many workers, who spend long hours at cramped desks dreaming of the executive's corner office.
The cubicle has become so ubiquitous that we rarely give it a second thought, but it was actually invented in the 1960s to give workers more privacy and autonomy.
In his book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, author Nikil Saval chronicles the evolution of a place where 60% of Americans now spend their days.
He spoke to the BBC about the transformation of corporate culture - and how American executives hijacked a concept designed to liberate workers.
Produced by the BBC's Anna Bressanin
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