The Concept of Communities of Practice

The Concept of Communities of Practice

Elayne Coakes (University of Westminster, UK) and Steve Clarke (University of Hull, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-556-6.ch019
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This article looks at the concept of communities of practice (CoPs) in the workplace. The theories surrounding these types of communities are still very new and in the process of development. The practice and the importance of these communities for knowledge transfer is also still being explored as to best methods for establishing such communities and how to support and encourage them. Below we discuss the background and main threads of theory that are under development.

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