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Coopetition in coworking-spaces: value creation and appropriation tensions in an entrepreneurial space

Ricarda B. Bouncken (), Sven M. Laudien (), Viktor Fredrich () and Lars Görmar ()
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Ricarda B. Bouncken: University of Bayreuth
Sven M. Laudien: University of Bayreuth
Viktor Fredrich: University of Bayreuth
Lars Görmar: University of Bayreuth

Review of Managerial Science, 2018, vol. 12, issue 2, 385-410

Abstract: Abstract Coopetition has the potential to improve entrepreneurship and innovation. It will be prevalent in coworking-spaces building a growing field for individual and corporate entrepreneurship. The individuals’ physical closeness in the professional and social space of the coworking-space eases multifaceted transfers of explicit and implicit knowledge, stimulating creation, transfer, overhaul, and implementation of entrepreneurial ideas. While entrepreneurs in these coworking-spaces collaborate on sharing knowledge and resources and on finding creative ideas from which can breed new venture concepts, they simultaneously compete on the appropriation of values. Thus, entrepreneurs in coworking-spaces face coopetitive tensions of creating and appropriating the values. Based on interview data and secondary sources, this paper explains four different prototype institutions of coworking-spaces: the corporate coworking-space, the open corporate coworking-space, the consultancy coworking-space, and the independent coworking-space. Study explains different tensions of value creation and appropriation that occur within the coopetition in the different forms of coworking-spaces.

Keywords: Coworking-spaces; Coopetition; Institutional theory; Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Qualitative-empirical analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L21 L23 M10 M13 O31 O35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s11846-017-0267-7

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