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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(3), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2030083

Coworking, the Sharing Economy, and the City: Which Role for the ‘Coworking Entrepreneur’?

Dipartimento di Progettazione e pianificazione in ambienti complessi (DPPAC), Università IUAV di Venezia, Santa Croce 1957, 30135 Venezia, Italy
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Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 14 August 2018 / Accepted: 30 August 2018 / Published: 3 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sharing Cities Shaping Cities)
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Sharing economy platforms enabled by information and communication technologies (ICTs) are facilitating the diffusion of collaborative workplaces. Coworking spaces are emerging as a distinctive phenomenon in this context, not only fostering knowledge transfer and facilitating innovation, but also affecting the urban and socio-economic fabric contributing to urban regeneration processes at both the local scale and the city scale. Although the positive impacts of coworking on the urban environment are documented, there is still little or no evidence of the economic viability of coworking businesses, and a “coworking bubble” has been evoked. Given the lack of data, a national survey was set up of Italian coworking businesses, aimed at assessing the relevance of internal organizational factors (size, occupancy, profitability, services provided) for the sustainability of coworking businesses. By presenting the results of the survey, we argue that the sustainability and viability of the coworking model is highly dependent on internal factors, strictly related to the entrepreneurial action of coworking managers. View Full-Text
Keywords: sharing economy; sharing platform; coworking; coworking space; coworking business; collaborative workplaces; urban regeneration; entrepreneurial action sharing economy; sharing platform; coworking; coworking space; coworking business; collaborative workplaces; urban regeneration; entrepreneurial action
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