Title: Coworking spaces: places that stimulate social capital for entrepreneurs

Authors: Victor Cabral

Addresses: Centre for Applied Research on Economics & Management, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Wibautstraat 3B, 1091 GH Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Abstract: This study examines how social networking facilitated by coworking spaces help entrepreneurs. Drawing on previous research in the different social science disciplines, a conceptual model is proposed that links coworking space interventions to social capital, and performance benefits. The model distinguishes three coworking interventions, i.e., design of the physical space, facilitative tools, and community management. Furthermore, the model differentiates bridging and bonding social capital. Nineteen interviews were conducted with entrepreneurs who work in three coworking spaces. The findings confirm the relationship between coworking space interventions, bridging and bonding social capital, and performance benefits. Theoretically, this study contributes in developing further knowledge about the increasing social value of coworking spaces. Managerially, this study highlights how the curation of collaborative workspaces can help promoting social capital as well as better conditions for individuals who seek to work in social environments.

Keywords: bridging social capital; bonding social capital; coworking spaces; performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2021.117886

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2021 Vol.13 No.4, pp.404 - 424

Received: 22 Oct 2019
Accepted: 26 Oct 2020

Published online: 22 Sep 2021 *

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