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Mon, 5 Mar 2007 13:07:18 -0800
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Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities and Technologies Conference

Communities of Practice in Highly Computerized Settings

Description: (abbreviated; full description on website)

The aim of this workshop is to re-examine the concept of 'communities of 
practice' keeping in light the recent advances in information and 
communication technologies. Through this workshop we want to discuss how 
the nature of work as well as the nature of communities has changed 
through technology and what this means for developing and sustaining 
communities of practice.

The term Communities of Practice (CoP) (Lave and Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 
1998) has attracted strong attention during the last decade. The term 
and concept of CoP has especially been successful in organization 
science literature and has been used to look at learning, knowledge 
sharing, and innovation. In the past decade the information and 
communication terrain has changed considerably with new technologies 
being introduced in the workplace, educational settings, and life in 
general. In this scenario, what are the lessons from CoP on how workers 
should relate to one another and what happens to “community?” How do 
workers manage the changing practices? We believe this is an apt time to 
re-examine the concept of CoP in light of current changes in the nature 
of interaction within organizational settings.

We welcome and encourage contribution from a variety of theoretical and 
methodological perspectives and strongly encourage submissions form 
underrepresented theoretical or methodological viewpoints. The workshop 
will have a maximum of 25 participants.

Conference website:
Workshop website:

Submissions due: April 30, 2007
Decisions: May 18, 2007
Workshop: June 28, 2007

Submission details
Position papers should contain a brief overview (max. 5000 words) of key 
ideas of the presentation and some information on the background of the 
submitter. Position papers should be sent to: ajohri [at]

Aditya Johri (Stanford University)
Volker Wulf  (University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin)

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