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Coworking Spaces and Collaborative Practices

Yacoub, G. & Haefliger, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-4207-9207 (2022). Coworking Spaces and Collaborative Practices. Organization, 31(1), pp. 87-114. doi: 10.1177/13505084221074037


Collaborative practices underlie the creation of innovation yet how and when these practices emerge is not well understood, particularly given the presence of flexible and open workspaces. Based on seven case studies of entrepreneurial Tech/FinTech firms in London, we explore how collaborative spaces lead to collaborative practices, when they do. Our findings suggest the enabling and inhibiting role of interstitial spaces (e.g. informality and spatiality) and identify catalysts in the emergence of collaborative practices in a coworking space. A theoretical and critical contextualization advances our understanding of how collaborative practices emerge and articulates the conditionality of openness in the form of underlying mechanisms for collaboration and, subsequently, (open) innovation outcomes. We discuss implications for future research and management of coworking spaces.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2022, the authors.
Publisher Keywords: Coworking Space; Collaborative Practices; Innovation; Interstitial Spaces
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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