International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 215


Extending the analysis of organizational learning from the communities of practice

Luciano Mendes1* and Ligia Maria Soto Urbina2
1Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. 2Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 May 2012
  •  Published: 30 June 2012


The objective of this paper was to expand contributions of studies on organizational learning from the discussions on communities of practice. This is because the occurrence of analysis and studies on communities of practice requires a significant change in the way of observing the processes of learning and knowledge management. For that reason, initially, it was necessary to extend the considerations of communities of practice, in ways of understanding the meanders and the concepts spread on this topic. Soon after, the intention was to analyze the contributions that the discussions have on communities of practice for learning and knowledge processes in organizations to focus on attributes related to situated learning and social practices. In a third moment, the intention was to compare the discussions of communities of practice, and organizational learning and knowledge as a way to achieve the objective proposed in this paper. Finally, some conclusions elucidated the contributions which highlighted the intended purpose of this paper.


Key words: Organizational learning, communities of practice, situated learning, informal learning.