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General discussion
    Response to overall Practical research question implications
   Workers enact affordances to achieve temporary stability of workplaces in hyperspatial settings
Nomadic work requires the realization that the spatial freedom means additional work regarding creating workplaces anywhere and ensuring a stable Wi-Fi connection, ability to identity the challenges and how to manage them
A learning for organizations is that when providing employees with the freedom and technology to work ‘anywhere’ employees may also need support in identifying the challenges and the associated coping mechanisms
    Workers align movement of people across physical and digital places to coordinate work
Co-location enables relationships, especially for mid- and peripheral relationship layer
Employees in distributed work cannot depend on a shared office to facilitate encounters and organizations need to provide opportunities to maintain their mid-layer and peripheral relationships in other ways: by creating online spaces, using immersive technologies or facilitating face-to- face gatherings and site visits
Crucial to facilitate chance encounters and replicate situational richness
    Workers access information (transparency), which enables social interactions focused on sharing ideas.
Managers need to assess office space needs to accommodate them
Advisable to take transparency into account when designing offices for innovative behaviors
Important to balance transparent areas with private areas that accommodate other types of work as previous research has shown (Bernstein & Turban, 2018; Fayard & Weeks, 2006; Sundstrom et al., 1980)

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