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Humans beings learn from a great deal from and with one another. Recognising this, Lave and Wenger (1991) describe a community of practice as a community whose members engage in and shape a particular shared practice over time. They regard learning as situated, having a location in space and time as well as a social setting, giving community members the role of engaging in, 'the generative process of producing their own future' (p. 58-9). Noting the relevance of the concept to the world of work and to learning in the workplace, Wenger (1998) developed and extended his earlier work with Jean Lave into a social theory of learning based on communities of practice.
Kazlauskas, A. (2014). Communities of practice: doing it together. In H. Hasan (Eds.), Being Practical with Theory: A Window into Business Research (pp. 44-48). Wollongong, Australia: THEORI. http://eurekaconnection.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/p-44-48-communities-of-practice-theori-ebook_finaljan2014-v3.pdf