Assessing Digital Nomad Productivity in Coworkation Spaces: an exploratory study

  • S de Vries

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The impact of remote work on productivity has become the center of the managerial debate over the last decade. Productivity is one of the most critical points of interest in a new future of remote work, where work is conducted in spaces and places other than the traditional office. A new type of remote work is a coworkation. A coworkation space offers a combination of a coworking space, sleeping facilities and recreational facilities. However, almost no prior research has been conducted on the productivity of digital nomads who make use of these coworkation facilities. This research assesses the productivity of digital nomads who make use of coworkation spaces and draws on a predominantly qualitative research design that combines semi-structured interviews, text analytics of online reviews, and descriptive statistics. The main findings can be summarised as: 1) Coworkation facilities attract workers who are more interested in the efficiency of work and the achievement of personal life goals rather than the effectiveness and deeper purpose of work. 2) Despite the need for freedom, digital nomads work very structured and show a high level of self-discipline and time management. 3) The community feeling that digital nomads seek in a coworkation space, is leisure-oriented and not work oriented. 4) Not all jobs are suitable for digital nomads that work from coworkation spaces. Jobs with a high level of structure and task-orientation are better suitable than jobs that require a high level of effectiveness. Over the coming years, the number of digital nomads who make use of coworkation spaces is expected to increase. While the job market is expected to stay tight. The findings of this study can help companies that want to fill their workforce gap. By providing deeper insight into what kind of jobs would fit the needs and productivity of digital nomads that use coworkation spaces. Next to this, insight is provided into the key elements that affect the productivity of digital nomads.
Date of Award2 Jul 2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorRachelle Bosua (Examiner) & Vanessa Dirksen (Co-assessor)


  • Digital nomads
  • coworkation spaces
  • productivity
  • remote work

Master's Degree

  • Master Business Process management & IT (BPMIT)

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