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Coworking space in China
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The thesis is aiming to examine the current development situation of Chinese Coworking spaces from both the tenants’ side and the developers’ side, and also estimate its development prospect due to the fact that Coworking is an emerging industry in China in recent years. In order to capture a comprehensive picture of the development status of Coworking space in China, both tenant’s perspective and the developer’s perspective were considered in this thesis. Background knowledge regarding Chinese market and traditional office market is briefly introduced. The method used in the study includes a survey, a semi-structured interview and a case study. According to the results, the tenant’s perspective is derived from the result of the survey, while the developer’s perspective is acquired based on two semi-interviews in Techcode and case study of Urwork. Selected Coworking spaces represent two different types of Coworking space developer among Chinese market. One has real estate developer background and the other is an entrepreneur itself. In conclusion, Chinese Coworking space is still in an immature phase, since developers are still exploring and detecting proper business models. Suggestions to developers were also given by combining the characteristics of the Chinese market and the study result. 

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling syftar till att undersöka utvecklingsstatusen för kinesiska coworkingrum på grund av att Coworking är en framväxande industri i Kina de senaste åren. För att fånga en övergripande bild av utvecklingsstatusen för Coworking Space i Kina, togs både hyresgästperspektiv och utvecklarens perspektiv i denna avhandling. Bakgrundskunskap om kinesisk marknad och traditionell kontorsmarknad introduceras kortfattat. Metoden som används i studien innehåller en undersökning, en halvstrukturerad intervju och en fallstudie. Enligt resultaten är hyresgästens perspektiv härledd från undersökningens resultat, medan utvecklarens perspektiv förvärvas baserat på två halvintervjuer i Techcode och fallstudie av Urwork. Utvalda coworkingutrymmen representerar två olika typer av coworkingutrymmeutvecklare bland kinesisk marknad. En har fastighetsutvecklare bakgrund och den andra är en entreprenör själv. Sammanfattningsvis är kinesiskt coworkingutrymme fortfarande i en omograd fas, eftersom utvecklare fortfarande utforskar och upptäcker riktiga affärsmodeller. Förslag till utvecklare gavs också genom att kombinera karaktären hos den kinesiska marknaden och studieresultatet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 53
Series
TRITA-ABE-MBT ; 18427
Keywords [en]
Coworking, Entrepreneurship, Chinese market, business model, the Millennial generation
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-236066OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-236066DiVA, id: diva2:1255886
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Available from: 2018-10-15 Created: 2018-10-15 Last updated: 2018-10-15Bibliographically approved

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