Some first step in the search for 'hidden' communities of practice within electronic networks

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JournalJ. of Organisational Transformation and Social Change
DatePublished - 2011
Issue number2
Volume8
Pages (from-to)183-197
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article examines the problem of how to discover hidden Communities of
Practice (CoPs) inside electronic networks and whether it is possible to nurture them
into fully fledged Virtual Communities of Practice (VCoPs). It discusses the characteristics
of hidden communities and the relationship between virtual communities,
Distributed Communities of Practice (DCoPs) and VCoPs. It then examines some of
the methods that might be used to search for hidden CoPs and the ways by which
these might be transformed into full VCoPs. Finally, the article presents some findings
from two early studies conducted in the Higher Education Academy Psychology
Network in the United Kingdom.

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