Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 617–639 | Cite as

Community of Practice Behaviors and Individual Learning Outcomes

  • Derrick NeufeldEmail author
  • Yulin Fang
  • Zeying Wan


The community of practice (CoP) concept has grown in popularity, yet remains under-studied. In particular, we have not developed a sufficient understanding of the individual outcomes associated with CoP engagement. This paper offers a fresh research model that identifies three practice-based concepts described in the CoP literature—shared repertoire, joint enterprise, and mutual engagement—and links them to individual learning outcomes. Survey measures are developed using a card sorting procedure, a research model is pilot tested using survey data collected from 53 graduate students in a large Canadian university, and then the model is field-tested using interview and survey data collected from 59 employees in a non-profit organization. The paper offers a new set of distinct CoP measures, and examines how they are associated with learning. A discussion of practical implications and future research directions is provided.


Community of practice Learning Multi-method research Partial least squares (PLS) analysis Field interviews 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Richard Ivey School of BusinessThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Information SystemsCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong

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