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What is Professional Community

Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations
Aggregation that provide environments for professionals to share their knowledge body, as cultures of similar work, problems perceptions, techniques of problem resolution, professional values, legal aspects, professional behavior, and so forth.
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Knowledge Communities and Interorganizational Networks
Dora Simões (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and António Lucas Soares (University of Porto, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-885-7.ch102
Virtual communities and interorganizational networks are both overloaded concepts. Although it is assumed that they are related, there is some lack of clarity in their scientific and professional use. In this article, a contribution for the differentiation between the concepts of virtual knowledge community and interorganizational network is made, and we also shown how intertwined they are. Furthermore, we explain how communities can emerge from networks and discuss their main management issues. Finally, some definitions of related key terms are given.
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Creativitiy and Control in IT Professionals' Communities
Refers to specialized working teams whose members have all had some kind of a higher education and who are identified more by their educational status than by their specific occupational skills.
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Instructional Real World Community Engagement
This type of learner-realized real world community engagement falls within three realms of influence, specifically current work colleagues, prior work collegial support system, and professional organization colleagues.
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