Co-constructing a Sense of Community at Work: The Emergence of Community in Coworking Spaces

21 page Publication by Lyndon Earl Garrett, Gretchen Spreitzer & Peter Bacevice , ,
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As more individuals are working remotely, many feel increasingly isolated and socially adrift. To address this challenge, many independent workers are choosing to work in coworking spaces – shared spaces where individuals do their own work but in the presence of others with the express purpose of being part of a community. In this qualitative, single case study, we analyze how members of a coworking space work together to co-construct a sense of community through their day-to-day interactions in the space. We apply a relational constructionist lens to unpack the processes of ‘community work’ as an interactive, agentic process. We identify three types of collective actions, or interacts, that contribute to a sense of community: endorsing, encountering, and engaging. These interacts represent different forms of community work that members interactively accomplish to maintain a desired community experience. The rapidly growing coworking movement offers insights, as uncovered in this study, on how to integrate a sense of community into the world of work.

Journal Organization Studies
Publication Year 2017
Volume 38 (6)
Publisher Sage

English | Discipline Business