Plenary Talk 1:
Sustainable Communities: What does 'Community of Practice' mean for Institutional Web Managers?
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" Sustainable Communities: What does 'Community of Practice' mean for Institutional Web Managers?".
- Sustainable Communities: What does 'Community of Practice' mean for Institutional Web Managers?
- Dr Steven Warburton, School of Law, King's College London
- The notion of community continues to be recognised as a fundamental aspect
within descriptions of shared human activity and group bonding. In his socio-cultural
analysis of the work place Wenger defined a particular type of communion,
which he termed a community of practice (CoP). The concept of a CoP has
been somewhat abused in current literature yet it does provide valuable
insights into how communities evolve, behave and sustain themselves. By
elaborating dimensions of community such as shared practice, dialogue, legitimate
peripheral participation and negotiation of boundaries, Wenger has provided
a model that can be applied to a number of differing groups of activity.
This talk will explore what we can draw from the work on CoPs, in terms
of the role and identity of institutional web manager, one that is inseparable
from a field of practice that remains dynamic, fluid and under constant
- This talk took place from 12.45-13.30 on Monday 16th July 2007.
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