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Entrepreneurship of an institutional field : the emergence of coworking spaces for digital business models.

Bouncken, Ricarda B. and Kraus, Sascha and Martínez-Pérez, Juan F. (2020) 'Entrepreneurship of an institutional field : the emergence of coworking spaces for digital business models.', International entrepreneurship and management journal. .


Coworking spaces have been proliferating world-wide in urban and rural areas while facilitating entrepreneurship and new, especially digital business models. Our research analyzes the worldwide expansion by drawing upon mechanisms from institutional theory. We argue that the sense of community, emotional activation, the local communities together with the digital linkages and the open office allowed coworking spaces to evolve as a real space for entrepreneurship. The common lifestyle and the high digital identity of the users further explain the emergence of this entrepreneurship field that shows high convergent forms of coworking spaces. The key divergence comes with different ownership models.

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Date deposited:22 July 2020
Date of first online publication:11 July 2020
Date first made open access:22 July 2020

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