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What Do We Know about Co-Working Spaces? Trends and Challenges Ahead

Department of Economics and Business Organization, Univeristat Internacional de Catalunya, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
Academic Editors: Martí Casadesús, Paulo Sampaio and Frederic Marimon
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1416; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031416
Received: 30 December 2020 / Revised: 20 January 2021 / Accepted: 26 January 2021 / Published: 29 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quality Management and Standardization for Sustainability)
Co-working spaces (CWSs) have emerged as a distinctive phenomenon in the sharing economy. They are collaborative environments that feed innovation and creativity under the slogan “working alone together”. While policy makers and scholars were optimistic about their role in promoting entrepreneurial endeavours and fostering growth, the spread of the COVID-19 across the world has drastically changed the way we work, communicate, and navigate daily life. This study offers a comprehensive review of the existing literature on CWSs. To do so, a bibliometric analysis is proposed, combining the use of traditional bibliometric tools with science mapping techniques. A total of 118 documents are reviewed and the results are presented at two different levels: (1) descriptive analysis of the status of the research on a CWS and (2) its conceptual structure (topics and trends). The study concludes with some directions for future research. Specifically, based on the recurrent topics discussed up to date in the literature, it is possible to identify four key areas—i.e., geographical location, physical space, business models and inclusive communities—that are promising for research and that may bring useful insights for defining co-working’s place in a post-pandemic society. View Full-Text
Keywords: co-working; trends; literature review; bibliometrics; sharing economy; pandemic co-working; trends; literature review; bibliometrics; sharing economy; pandemic
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