The Development of a Community of Academic ' Researchers': A Social Capital Perspective

By Pak Yoong, Julie Abbott, Janet Toland, Maria Molina and Carmel Joe.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This paper describes the development of a community of practice comprising a group of academic researchers (four doctoral students and their supervisor).

Keywords: Doctoral Research, Social Capital, Community of Practice

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.69-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.949MB).

Dr Pak Yoong

Pak Yoong is an Associate Professor and Director of a PhD programme in Information Systems and E-commerce at the School of Information Management at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He teaches in the areas of virtual organisation, research methods and IS leadership. His research, teaching and consulting experience is in the facilitation of virtual meetings, online communities of practice, online knowledge sharing and human resource development in information technology environments. Pak uses action learning and action research methods for many of his research projects and pioneered the use of ‘grounded action learning’ method (a combination of grounded theory and action learning) in IS research.

Julie Abbott

Julie Abbott has been a student at Victoria University of Wellington since 1997. She has a BCA majoring in commercial law, information systems and management and an Honours Degree in information systems. Julie is now pursuing a PhD in information systems, investigating how online resources can support the professional development activities of peers within distributed organisations. Her research interests include alternative work structures, including telework and telecentres and the adoption of online resources by not-for-profit organisations.

Ms Janet Toland

Janet Toland is a Lecturer in Information Systems/E-commerce and a PhD Candidate at Victoria University of Wellington. Janet teaches in the areas of information systems management, business systems analysis and research methods. Janet’s PhD research is assessing the role that information and communications technologies play in regional development in New Zealand. Other research interests include the use of ICT in developing countries particularly in the South Pacific, and the use of computer mediated communication in tertiary education.

Maria Molina

Maria Molina (BApplSc, BCAHons 1st Class) is currently studying towards a PhD at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington. Her research explores the role of Information and Communication Technologies for knowledge sharing and reuse in business clusters. Maria's interests includes regional development and innovation, virtual organisations, knowledge networks and the development of information systems to support knowledge sharing and reuse.

Ms Carmel Joe

Carmel Joe is a PhD candidate in Information Systems at the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests are in the area of knowledge transfer and how information technologies support knowledge transfer processes. Her current research relates to the transfer of knowledge from older more experienced workers to younger workers within organisational settings. Carmel also practices as a management and information systems consultant, with experience in managing complex projects involving strategy implementation and significant business improvements.


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