Communities of practice: Performance and evolution

  • Bernardo A. Huberman
  • Tad Hogg

Abstract

We present a detailed model of collaboration in communities of practice and we examine its dynamic consequences for the group as a whole. We establish the existence of a novel mechanism that allows the community to naturally adapt to growth, specialization, or changes in the environment without the need for central controls. This mechanism relies on the appearance of a dynamic instability that initiates an exploration of novel interactions, eventually leading to higher performance for the community as a whole.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernardo A. Huberman
    • 1
  • Tad Hogg
    • 1
  1. 1.Dynamics of Computation GroupXerox Palo Alto Research CenterPalo Alto

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