The success of the coworking sector : A case study – London, United Kingdom

Detta är en Master-uppsats från KTH/Fastigheter och byggande

Sammanfattning: The office market has traditionally been observed to be too inflexible to satisfy dynamic workspace demands. Market forces have continuously compressed lengths of commercial leases and new office solutions have evolved. As a result, the coworking sector, associated with a shared workspace environment, has become a multibillion-dollar industry. The aim of this study is to provide insights into the demand for flexible office solutions and the factors that make the coworking sector successful. A theoretical framework based on previously published research and literature is provided in order to examine and analyse the research question. The study is founded on empirical data based on a qualitative research methodology. The results are mainly based on a case study in London where the largest coworking operator WeWork has been studied. To support the case and increase the validity of the study, three supporting sources have been interviewed. The results show that there is a strong connection between the overall development of the business landscape and the growth of the coworking sector. Three factors were established to influence the demand for flexible office solutions: the volatile dynamics of today’s businesses, globalisation and its effects on migration, and the office market’s ridged lease structure. Furthermore, several factors were found to impact the success of the sector, including the natural development of clusters. The study implies that it is possible that the effects of the coworking sector will change the dynamics of the existing structures within the office market.

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