10 A diachronic view of the role of collaborative spaces in the creative industries

The singular case of the French “atelier Nawak”

Pierre Poinsignon and Thomas Paris


There is growing interest in collaborative spaces. They are defined as spaces where different actors meet and interact in order to boost creativity and may include coworking spaces, Fab Labs, social hubs, etc. Because employee creativity is vital to the growth and competitiveness of many organizations (Tushman & Moore, 1998), researchers have studied the factors that can increase individual creativity (Amabile, 1996; Zhou & George, 2001). Today, most of the research on collaborative spaces focuses on their influence on creativity at a given time and place.

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