Review of Managerial Science

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 317–334 | Cite as

Coworking-spaces: how a phenomenon of the sharing economy builds a novel trend for the workplace and for entrepreneurship

  • Ricarda B. BounckenEmail author
  • Andreas J. Reuschl
Review Paper


The sharing economy brings a new phenomenon—coworking-spaces. One aspect of coworking-spaces is the sharing of office space; another is the sharing of social spaces beside the office. Both give rise to social interactions and thus knowledge and idea exchanges which might provide more than a mere sharing of working-spaces but of entrepreneurship or of incubation. Coworking-spaces stimulate the finding of mates for teams, projects, and entrepreneurship. This paper introduces coworking-spaces into management research. We deliver an understanding of coworking-spaces and then identify key factors which lead to our conceptual model. Our model assumes that performance, especially entrepreneurial performance improves by the learning processes among coworking-users that take upon the individual efficacy, trust and community among coworking-users. All the concepts have a positive relation. Yet, opportunism, often as knowledge leakage, will directly and indirectly spoil learning processes and entrepreneurial performance as it reduces their antecedents trust and community building.


Coworking space Entrepreneurship Self-efficacy Open innovation Learning Literature review 

JEL Classification

M130 M190 O350 L260 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Strategic Management and OrganizationUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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