The role of sociomaterial assemblage on entrepreneurship in coworking-spaces

Muhammad Mahmood Aslam*, Ricarda Bouncken, Lars Görmar

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Abstract

Purpose
Coworking-spaces are considered as a new formula to facilitate autonomy, creativity, self-efficacy, work satisfaction and innovation, yet they also might overburden their users who in that course intend to limit social interaction and collaboration in the workspace. Thus, the question is how coworking-spaces shape entrepreneurial ventures.

Design/methodology/approach
This study used an inductive research methodology based on data from three different data sources, including observations, archives and interviews from managers and entrepreneurs.

Findings
The findings suggest that the materiality in the form of spatial architectures (working, socialization and support structures) shared facilities and infrastructures (utilities, luxuries and specialties), and integrated digital technologies (applications and platforms) influence the flow of communication, internal and external linkages, as well as functional uniformity and distinctiveness. However, there exists an inherent dualism in sociomaterial assemblage in coworking-spaces, which can lead to instrumental and detrimental outcomes for entrepreneurs.

Originality/value
This study explains the role of sociomaterial assemblage on the working of entrepreneurs in shared workspaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2028-2049
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Volume27
Issue number8
Early online date24 Sept 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

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