“Communities of Practice” as an Analytical Construct: Implications for Theory and Practice

@inproceedings{Koliba2009CommunitiesOP,
  title={“Communities of Practice” as an Analytical Construct: Implications for Theory and Practice},
  author={Christopher Koliba and Rebecca H. Gajda},
  year={2009}
}
The “community of practice” (CoP) has emerged as a potentially powerful unit of analysis linking the individual and the collective because it situates the role of learning, knowledge transfer, and participation among people as the central enterprise of collective action. The authors’ surface tensions and highlight unanswered questions regarding CoP theory, concluding that it relies on a largely normative and underoperationalized set of premises. Avenues for theory development and the empirical… CONTINUE READING

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