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Integrating Communities of Practice in Technology Development Projects


Garrety, K and Robertson, P and Badham, R, Integrating Communities of Practice in Technology Development Projects, International Journal of Project Management, 22, (5) pp. 351-358. ISSN 0263-7863 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijproman.2003.08.003


Development projects usually benefit when expertise is drawn from diverse sources, including potential users. Orchestrating the involvement of disparate groups requires finding a balance between differentiation, when teams work separately, and integration, when groups meet to exchange knowledge. This paper argues that a "community of practice" perspective can help project managers achieve this balance, by drawing attention to the assumptions, interests, skills, and formal and tacit knowledge of the different groups involved. Using a case study as illustration, we show that integration can be achieved by ensuring that the developing technology is comprehensible to all groups concerned, and that it satisfies their various interests. 2003 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Robertson, P (Professor Paul Robertson)
ID Code:48277
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2007-10-03
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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