Communities of Practice

  • Rocco AgrifoglioEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Information Systems book series (BRIEFSINORMAT)


This chapter reviews the literature on community of practice. Although the relevance of this form of aggregation in information systems (IS) research and organizational literature is just emerging, communities of practice have always and still do exist everywhere in every aspect of human and work life, both inside and outside organizational boundaries. After defining the concept of community of practice and reviewing its different forms, this chapter looks inside the community in order to understand certain clearly identified characteristics, such as the domain, the community and the practice. Finally, it also explores knowledge management in communities of practice by highlighting the processes of creating and sharing knowledge, and by introducing those of knowledge preservation.


Community of practice Types of community of practice Knowledge management processes Knowledge creation and sharing Knowledge preservation 


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  1. 1.Department of Management, Accounting and EconomicsUniversity of Naples “Parthenope”NaplesItaly

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