Coworking(s) in the Plural: Coworking Spaces and New Ways of Managing

  • Silvia Ivaldi
  • Ivana Pais
  • Giuseppe Scaratti
Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)


Coworking spaces first appeared in San Francisco in 2005 but are now found all over the world. This chapter looks at this form of workspace organisation and its associated values and practices, such as collaboration, reciprocity, community, and sustainability. These suggest that coworking is giving rise to new ways of working and managing organisations. The chapter critically analyses how coworking managers effectively interpret coworking spaces as new ordinary organisations. It presents a typology of coworking, identifying four different types of coworking organisations which are associated with different forms of management. The chapter presents research conducted in Italy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Ivaldi
    • 1
  • Ivana Pais
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Scaratti
    • 1
  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly

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