Community of Practice (Discussion and Bibliographic Resources)

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    Although the CoP literature has been contextualized in Knowledge Management, there is much that can be considered in relation to Knowledge Transfer. Creating and sustaining a CoP for Knowledge Transfer can involve the use of codified documents as a focus for analysis as well as the tacit peer-to-peer interaction. Below there is an article using the critical theory of Jurgen Habermas in relation to CoP methods.

    Sample Bibliographic Resources
    Blaka, Gunnchild. “Newcomers’ Learning of Midwifery Practice in a Labour Ward: A Socio-Cultural Perspective.” Learning in Health and Social Care 5, no. 1 (2006): 35-44.

    Brown, John Seely, and Paul Duguid. “Organizational Learning and Communities-of-Practice: Toward a Unified View of Working, Learning, and Innovation.” Organization Science 2, no. 1 (1991): 40-57.

    Cox, Andrew. “What Are Communities of Practice? A Comparative Review of Four Seminal Works.” Journal of Information Science 31, no. 6 (2005): 527-40.

    Duguid, Paul. “”The Art of Knowing”: Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice.” The Information Society 21, no. 2 (2005): 109-18.

    Gardner, Bob. “The Potential of Distributed Communities of Practice for International Parliamentary Capacity Building.” Ottawa: International Centre for Governance and Development, 2004.

    Kakabadse, Nada K., Andrew Kakabadse, and Alexander Kouzmin. “Reviewing the Knowledge Management Literature: Towards a Taxonomy.” Journal of Knowledge Management 7, no. 4 (2003): 75-91.

    Kimble, C., P. Hildreth, and P. Wright. “Communities of Practice: Going Virtual.” In Knowledge Management and Business Model Innovation, edited by Yogesh Molhotra, 220-34. Hershey [Pa.] Idea Group Publishing, 2001.

    O’Donnell, David, Gayle Porter, David McGuire, Thomas N. Garavan, Margaret Heffernan, and Peter Cleary. “Creating Intellectual Capital: A Habermasian Community of Practice (Cop) Introduction.” Journal of European Industrial Training 27, no. 2/3/4 (2005): 80-87.

    Peabody Johansen, Diana, and Ellen Vogel. “Cultivating “Communities of Practice”: Reflections on Dieticians Involved in Hiv/Aids Training for Health Professionals in the Caribbean.” Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 64, no. 2 (2003): 1-2.


    See more: Cases on Collaboration in Virtual Learning Environments: Processes and Interactions ( My chapter is The Critical and Historical View in Communities of Practice (CoP) for the Development in Education (Chapter XIX).

    Neli Maria Mengalli

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