CFP: Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities and Technologies Conference

From Aditya Johri to OCISNET:

Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities and Technologies Conference
Communities of Practice in Highly Computerized Settings

Summary Description: (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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