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.
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 *