In search of innovative capabilities of communities of practice: A systematic review and typology for future research

Pattinson, Steven, Preece, David and Dawson, Patrick (2016) In search of innovative capabilities of communities of practice: A systematic review and typology for future research. Management Learning, 47 (5). pp. 506-524. ISSN 1350-5076

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Abstract

The concept of communities of practice has generated considerable debate among scholars of management. Attention has shifted from a concern with the transmission and reproduction of knowledge towards their utility for enhancing innovative potential. Questions of governance, power, collaboration and control have all entered the debate with different theorizations emerging from a wide mix of empirical research. We appraise these key findings through a critical review of the literature. From a divergent range of findings, we identify four main ways in which communities of practice enable and constrain innovative capabilities as (a) enablers of learning for innovation, (b) situated platforms for professional occupations, (c) dispersed collaborative environments and (d) governance structures designed for purpose. Our conclusion signals the way forward for further research that could be used to improve our understanding of different contextual forms and how they may align with organizations in enabling rather than constraining innovative capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational learning, Innovative capabilities, Communities of practice
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 08:39
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2018 08:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34583

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