What are communities of practice? A comparative review of four seminal works

  title={What are communities of practice? A comparative review of four seminal works},
  author={Andrew M. Cox},
  journal={Journal of Information Science},
  pages={527 - 540}
  • Andrew M. Cox
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Business
  • Journal of Information Science
This paper is a comparative review of four seminal works on communities of practice. It is argued that the ambiguities of the terms community and practice are a source of the concept's reusability allowing it to be reappropriated for different purposes, academic and practical. However, it is potentially confusing that the works differ so markedly in their conceptualizations of community, learning, power and change, diversity and informality. The three earlier works are underpinned by a common… 

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