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The third wave of coworking: ‘Neo-corporate’ model versus ‘resilient’ practice

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posted on 30.04.2019, 11:43 by Alessandro Gandini, Alberto Cossu
Coworking spaces affirmed in recent years as a mainstream, ‘neo-corporate’ model of flexible work in post-recession, urban knowledge economies. However, there is growing evidence of spaces that apply the discourses and practices of the coworking movement in ways that are alternative to the ‘neo-corporate’ model, both in urban and non-urban contexts. Exploring the ethos and practices of an urban co-operative space in London and a rural ‘innovation hub’ in Southern Italy, the article illustrates the emergence of coworking endeavours that set in opposition to the ‘neo-corporate’ paradigm, defining these as ‘resilient’. We show ‘resilient’ coworking spaces are organizational actors that interact with the surrounding context much more than their counterparts, blending entrepreneurial logics with forms of political and social activism. We argue their emergence might be the harbinger of a new phase in the evolution of the coworking phenomenon.

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Citation

European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549419886060

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media, Communication and Sociology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

European Journal of Cultural Studies

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

issn

1367-5494

Copyright date

2019

Available date

11/12/2019

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Language

en