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The perspective of a coworking space model in scholarly settings

Marko Orel (Department of Entrepreneurship, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic)
Will Bennis (Department of Entrepreneurship, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 10 June 2020

Issue publication date: 16 June 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to define coworking in juxtaposition to open, collaborative workspaces that have already long existed at companies and universities and to establish that this model of coworking has taken off in the business world, but has not taken off at education institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

The literature and existing resources on flexible work arrangement in academic settings are reviewed to explore the possible applications of a coworking model to higher education. Because of minimal empirical research on the topic, the paper opens up a much-needed discussion on coworking in a scholarly context and its potential benefits for institutions of higher education.

Findings

Establishing scholarly coworking units on a broader scale could enhance the development of a cross-regional dimension in education by encouraging mobility of both students and scholars and promote cooperation among educational institutions. The implementation of coworking spaces for universities has occurred at a much lower rate than business-oriented coworking spaces, and several potential reasons for this asymmetry are considered.

Originality/value

While establishing an on- or off-campus coworking environment for graduate and postgraduate pupils is explored to some extent, the possibility and beneficial role of a scholarly coworking space model are poorly understood and under-studied. This conceptual paper provides a framework for applying the coworking model to scholarly settings, with the potential to facilitate more open and inclusive scientific collaboration, research and education, addressing one of the central problems of geographic and institutional barriers to scholarship.

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Citation

Orel, M. and Bennis, W. (2020), "The perspective of a coworking space model in scholarly settings", On the Horizon, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 101-111. https://doi.org/10.1108/OTH-10-2019-0074

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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