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Reputation, trust and the dynamics of leadership in communities of practice

Authors
  • Muller, Paul
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Management & Governance
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Publication Date
Nov 23, 2006
Volume
10
Issue
4
Pages
381–400
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10997-006-9007-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The aim of this article is to propose a theoretical framework describing the internal organization of communities of practice in a dynamic perspective. More precisely, we argue that communities of practice adopt some specific patterns of internal organization where some of their members obtain a leadership status. Leaders contribute to cognitive advance of the community of practice by providing members with a consistent and coherent vision of its objectives. We identify two of their attributes as important for allowing them to fulfil their task: informational mimesis and mediation. Finally, we propose a simulation model describing the emergence of leadership as the outcome of a self-organizing process. We find that leaders correspond to members who are characterized by higher levels of activity in the community.

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