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Communities of practice : building organisational capability through an undergraduate assurance of learning program

French, Erica L. (2011) Communities of practice : building organisational capability through an undergraduate assurance of learning program. e-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching, 5(2), pp. 48-65.

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Abstract

This study explores academic perceptions of organizational capability and culture following a project to develop a quality assurance of learning program in a business school. In the project a community of practice structure was established to include academics in the development of an embedded, direct assurance of learning program affecting more than 5000 undergraduate students and 250 academics from nine different disciplines across four discipline based departments. The primary outcome from the newly developed and implemented assurance of learning program was the five year accreditation of the business school’s programs by two international accrediting bodies, EQUIS and AACSB. This study explores a different outcome, namely perceptions of organizational culture and individual capabilities as academics worked together in teaching teams and communities. This study uses a survey and interviews with academics involved, through a retrospective panel design consisting of an experimental group and a control group. Results offer insights into communities of practice as a means of encouraging new individual and organizational capability and strategic culture adaptation.

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ID Code: 48003
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Assurance of Learning, Communities of Practice, Organizational Capability
ISSN: 1835-9132
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 e-JBEST.
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2012 16:21
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2012 08:01

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