This paper puts forwards a new way to view how Communities of Practice (CoPs) form in environments that make heavy use of information systems. It uses a concept from Physics to suggest a new type of CoP that can exist in workplaces. In order to do that, the paper uses a simplified taxonomy for CoPs to outline the 'Quantum-CoPs'. These Communities are discussed regarding their behaviour and characteristics, and their potential use as fully developed CoPs. The paper presents some preliminary findings from a semi-structured interview conducted in The Higher Education Academy Psychology Network (UK). These findings are contrasted against the theory discussed and some additional proposals are suggested at the end.
Ribeiro, Richard; Kimble, Chris; and Cairns, Paul, "Quantum-Cops: When Communities of Practice Resemble Physics" (2009). UK Academy for Information Systems Conference Proceedings 2009. 42.