Influence Relationships within a Community of Practice

J. David Johnson


Communities of Practice (CoP) represent often informal arrangements for bringing together diverse participants interested in organizational learning and innovation. Here the focus is on the Cancer Information Services Research Consortium (CISRC), an interesting consortium of cancer control researchers and practitioners who formed a coalition to implement trials related to three major cancer control projects in the US. Contrary to the normative expectations of the CoP literature 1 found that formal players dominated this CoP, although regional Project Directors played an interesting brokerage role. I discuss the importance of methodological problems, the balance between formal and informal structures, and the unique role of Project Directors. 


innovation; communities of practice; cancer information service


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Studies in Communication Sciences | ISSN: 1424-4896