Edited by Arja Ropo, Perttu Salovaara, Erika Sauer and Donatella De Paoli
Chapter 1: What can the coworking movement tell us about the future of workplaces?
This chapter studies today’s work-life by exploring the relatively new phenomenon of coworking, where independent workers join a shared workspace. In order to understand coworking as both physical spaces and movement, the chapter links three research streams: office space research, leadership research and sociological research on ‘flexible capitalism’ and new ways of working. Independent members of a coworking spaces do not work for the one and same company, and because of changes in work-life from fixed employment and linear careers to temporary work contracts and projectification, traditional work communities are partly dispersing. Yet, it is argued, modern capitalism at the same time arouses a need for community. The chapter will discuss coworking from the perspective of local community and plural leadership.