The Constitution of ‘Third Workspaces’ in between the Home and the Corporate Office

18 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2016

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Sytze F. Kingma

VU University Amsterdam - Organization Science

Date Written: July 2016


This study analyses the constitution of commercially provided work spaces situated in between the home and the corporate office. These new workspaces are enabled by digital network technologies. Theoretically, this new category of contemporary business spaces is conceptualised as ‘third workspaces’, with reference to the work of Oldenburg (1989), Soja (1996) and Lefebvre (1991 [1974]). Empirically, these workspaces are explored in two ethnographic case studies dealing with recently founded and successful third workspace providers. The grounded theory resulting from these case studies addresses the role of the material settings, the technologies, the work ideologies as well as the user practices. Overall this study offers an analytical framework for studying and managing third workspaces, and highlights the ambiguities in the constitution of third workspaces between the design and management on the one hand and the user practices on the other.

Keywords: work space, flexible working, case studies, grounded theory, new technologies, sociology.

Suggested Citation

Kingma, Sytze F., The Constitution of ‘Third Workspaces’ in between the Home and the Corporate Office (July 2016). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 176-193, 2016. Available at SSRN: or

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