Bringing the design perspective to coworking-spaces: Constitutive entanglement of actors and artifacts

Ricarda B. Bouncken*, Mahmood Aslam

*Corresponding author for this work

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Different forms of coworking spaces have spread worldwide that use various artifacts (e.g., office settings, décor, furniture, equipment) to strengthen autonomy, flexibility, spontaneous interactions, and intrinsic motivation. However, the various manifestations of coworking spaces limit clearly defined boundary conditions for their successful implementation and demand a profound understanding of the interactions that take place among actors and artifacts. Using a flexible pattern matching approach, our study explains that artifacts can contour and create the possibilities for actors and define the borders, e.g., when, where, and with whom to communicate and work in coworking spaces. Our findings indicate that actors and artifacts are constitutively entangled in coworking spaces and play a key role in the community development process by fostering a shared understanding and identity, mutual interdependency, and common practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Management Journal
Issue number1
Early online date26 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes

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