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Title: The third wave of coworking: neo-corporate movement vs resilient practice
Authors: Gandini, Alessandro
Cossu, Alberto
First Published: 2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2019, In Press
Abstract: 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.
ISSN: 1367-5494
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019 SAGE Publications (UK and US). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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