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Collaborative working spaces: project ecologies and means of interaction and collaboration

Ertan, Seren
Industrial revolutions through time changed the nature of work and triggered a shift from a 'service' economy towards a knowledge-based economy that is derived from information and ideas. This shift, which was concerned with organizing data and products, to a 'knowledge' economy that relied on worldwide information and communications network, brought along the necessity of reconsidering work practices and concepts. Changing work practices caused organizations to become more agile and flexible towards constant reorganization for profit and customer demands, and less dependent on hierarchy. Work turned into time-pressured, team-based collaborative tasks rather than individual efforts. With the changing work practices, the shared workspaces that accommodate knowledge workers from various backgrounds and provide conditions for innovation through co-working and collaboration increased. The aim of this study is to understand the potential of co-working spaces’ influence on facilitating collaboration and to offer a brief regarding the fundamentals of collaboration in coworking spaces. The thesis examines two cases that have different features such as the social interactions they enable, collaboration models they accommodate and industries they serve (Atölye for creative business and CoZone for technological entrepreneurship) where coworkers work together with the assistance of varying collaboration strategies. Examination of the cases relies on the interrelated aspects of collaboration that are extracted from the theoretical background research about co-working space characteristics and collaboration. With this examination the thesis provides an insight regarding the current conditions and future prospect of collaboration in coworking spaces.