Coworking space organizations: hybrid activities between multivocal objects and sharing thicknesses
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
2:00 PM, Thursday 31 Aug 2017 (30 minutes)
Convention Center - 2000 B
The second paper – “Coworking space organizations: hybrid activities between multivocal objects and sharing thicknesses” – from Scaratti Guiseppe and Ivaldi Sylvia analyses another facet of coworking phenomenon and the rise of coworking space organizations: the multivocal and multidirectional processes, flexibility, horizontal relationships between the players inside and outside the organizations. Guiseppe and Sylvia identify different ideal typologies of coworking space organizations, which are characterized by plural configurations of sharing practices that involve the community inside and outside the spaces based on different relational processes and different outcomes for individuals or the wider community. Guiseppe and Sylvia argue that firstly, a combination of these aspects enables them to identify different levels of ‘shared thickness’ by formulating a unit of analysis to grasp the complexity of simultaneous, multidirectional and reciprocal processes and that goes beyond the concept of ‘project collaboration’ and ‘project teams’. Secondly, the concept of ‘shared thickness’ offers interesting perspectives for the analysis of the contradictions of hybrid typologies of organizations that are the result of new forms of production and work.