Co-Working Spaces in Greece During the COVID-19 Era: The Case Study of Athens City

Co-Working Spaces in Greece During the COVID-19 Era: The Case Study of Athens City

Angelos Papavasileiou (Harokopio University, Greece), Roido Mitoula (Harokopio University, Greece), Panagiotis E. Kaldis (University of West Attica, Greece), and Aristidis Papagrigoriou (University of West Attica, Greece)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/IJCFA.313040
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The organization of space and working time, especially their location and geography, is a significant concern to researchers and politicians. However, in today's globalized economy and online age, the way we work and the workplace's whole location and geography are being redefined and researched. This paper investigates the current situation of co-working spaces in Greece, and the authors further analyse the case study of the Athens municipality. They examined views on new workplaces satisfaction and the benefits of the location. The research also explored the factors influencing ‘co-working spaces' satisfaction and views on the location's benefits. Finally, there is a detailed record of the areas in question throughout the territory, and they are scattered and concentrated in certain areas. Their characteristics are then explored, and policies and actions are proposed for their operation and development in the post-COVID-19 era.
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1. Introduction

The term “Co-Working Spaces” refers to rented office space with a specially designed layout with meeting and lunch-break spaces, as well as the essential feature of these spaces is the shared facilities such as printers, call centres and secretarial support. In addition, however, the new partner spaces can also be hosted in libraries, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and airport lounges, where employees, mainly self-employed and freelancers, away from their offices, can do their job. Greece is a country located in Southeast Europe. Its population is approximately 10.7 million as of 2018, and Athens is the most prominent capital city, followed by Thessaloniki. It is a developed country with an advanced high-income economy and a high life. Although, since 2009, it has faced the effects of the economic crisis, its economy remains the largest in the Balkans and a significant regional investor.

Our first research object is the investigation of the Co-Working Spaces companies operating in Greece (2020-2021). The second research object is the investigation of the new workplaces’ unique characteristics of ‘location’ and ‘satisfaction’ through the case study in the Municipality of Athens of the Attica Region during the first period of the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece. A detailed record was created of the areas in question throughout the territory and defined if they are scattered and concentrated in certain regions. Their characteristics were explored, and policies and actions were proposed for their operation and development in the post-COVID-19 era. Moreover, this research aims to carry out a contemporary and concise ‘state-of-the-art’ investigation of the Co-Working Spaces’ concept in general and its objectives. Following that attempt to elucidate the idea of ‘Co-Working’, which seems to have a ‘use’ and ‘location-based approach, it cannot underestimate the economic and social dimensions.

Furthermore, to show how the new ‘Co-Working Spaces’ reality was addressed, we performed a systematic literature review in the ‘Co-Working spaces’ context to investigate the current research. Also, we extensively studied the new reality domain in the new workplaces during the Covid-19 pandemic through the recent relevant literature or published articles. We attempted to highlight the ‘location’ issue and investigate the role of using Co-Working places. Also, the location of these new workplaces may play a significant role in the new working standards. A comprehensive understanding of the satisfaction and the advantages of location and the factors affecting location advantages and satisfaction require extensive statistical research and approach.

The fundamental research questions of our case study are formulated below:

  • Ø What are the respondents' views regarding satisfaction and location advantages?

  • Ø What factors affect location satisfaction and benefits?

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