Coworking: Crafting Lives Alongside Each Other

by Claire Frances Taylor

Institution: Louisiana State University
Department: Psychology
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Keywords: coworking; work arrangements; job crafting; conservation of resources; work-family conflict; job satisfaction; life satisfaction; job performance
Record ID: 2059744
Full text PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-12312014-115952/


Coworking is a form of alternative work arrangement in which communities of individuals share common office and work space but are most often employed by different employers within different fields/industries (Foertsch, 2011). Despite its growing prevalence, coworking is nearly absent from the organizational literature. The present mixed methods study introduced and defined the construct of extent of coworking. Extent of coworking is conceptually defined in this research as the degree to which an individual spends her/his workweek coworking. Qualitative literature review was conducted to establish this construct, and qualitative interview data provided support for the definition. Using job crafting and conservation of resources theory, the present study also investigated how extent of coworking related to employees personal and professional outcomes of work-family conflict, job satisfaction, life satisfaction, and job performance. Minimal support was found for the links connecting extent of coworking to the outcomes of interest, suggesting possible measurement issues. Job crafting was not shown to moderate any of the proposed relationships. This research extends the application of a quantitative measure of job crafting to the US and provides a foundation for better understanding coworking within the organizational literature.