Title: Coworking: an analysis of coworking strategies for interaction and innovation

Authors: Victor Cabral; Willem Van Winden

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

Abstract: This paper analyses how managed coworking spaces affect the innovation process of their members. Managed coworking spaces are working environments for independent professionals, with an active role of the manager of the space to foster collaboration and interaction. It is often taken for granted that coworking contributes to innovation, yet, it is not fully understood how coworking spaces can be effective in fostering innovation, and what role management could play. This paper presents a mix of strategic management tools applied by two coworking spaces in Amsterdam. Qualitative research techniques were applied to shed light on their effectiveness for interaction and innovation. We analyse policy implications for owners/managers of coworking spaces to enhance collaboration, knowledge transfer and promoting new business opportunities.

Keywords: coworking spaces; interaction; innovation; knowledge exchange; collaboration; strategic management; Amsterdam; The Netherlands; knowledge transfer.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2016.080869

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2016 Vol.7 No.4, pp.357 - 377

Received: 05 Jul 2016
Accepted: 05 Jul 2016

Published online: 05 Dec 2016 *

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