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Social networks in coworking spaces and individual coworker’s creativity

Title data

Rese, Alexandra ; Görmar, Lars ; Herbig, Alena:
Social networks in coworking spaces and individual coworker’s creativity.
In: Review of Managerial Science. (8 February 2021) . - 38 S..
ISSN 1863-6683
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11846-021-00445-0

Project information

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Project's official titleProject's id
Humanisierung digitaler Arbeit durch Cowork-Spaces (Hierda)02L15A220

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Abstract in another language

Coworking spaces (CWS) are open creative labs that provide a community-like environment and the necessary surroundings for their users to build and maintain networks with different actors inside and outside the CWS. With a wide variety of knowledge and skills available in trusted surroundings as well as similar value orientations, coworkers enjoy favorable conditions to establish their network-style. However, research has not investigated the benefit of coworkers’ social networks as far as their individual creativity is concerned so far. This paper takes several net-work characteristics into account: structure in terms of network size and centrality in the CWS, but also trusted and reciprocal relationships, supportiveness, diversity of knowledge exchanged, and the individual openness to core coworking values. Based on the literature on social networks and small group research, we developed a research model. We tested it to get deeper insights into the phenomenon by relying on 113 coworkers in 33 private German coworking spaces. The results show that a central position in the CWS allowing for direct exchange and high individual open-ness to core coworking values positively affects social involvement and the diversity of knowledge exchanged, and finally, a coworker’s individual creativity. Managerial implications include the vital role of a central position in the CWS for creativity and a somewhat balanced composition of coworkers working alone or in a team.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Coworking spaces; Creative performance; Social networks; Governance mechanisms; Core coworking value orientation
Subject classification: Journal of Economic Literature: L26; M13; M19; O31; O36
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ricarda Bouncken
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XIV - Marketing and Innovation
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XIV - Marketing and Innovation > Chair Business Administration XIV - Marketing and Innovation - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Daniel Baier
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 07:49
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 07:49
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/62871