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Rogerio,


I think you may also want to look into the "search/transfer problem" literature and the "innovation brokerage" literature if your interest in learning includes an interest in knowledge transfer or information flows.

Some cites include:


Hansen, MT (1999) The search-transfer problem: The role of weak ties in sharing knowledge across organization subunits, Administrative Science Quarterly, (44:1), p.82-111.
Hansen, MT (2002) Knowledge Networks: Explain Effective Knowledge Sharing in Multiunit Companies, Organization Science, (13:3), p. 232-248.
Gupta, AK and Govindarajan, V (2000) Knowledge flows within multinational corporations, Strategic Management Journal, (21:4), p. 473-496.
Hargadon, A and Sutton, R (1997) Technology Brokering and Innovation in a Product Development Firm, Administrative Science Quarterly, (42), p. 716-749

You may already be aware of these... I picked only a few but a more comprehensive reference list dedicated to organizations, social networks, IT and learning can be found at my web references page:
http://web.mit.edu/sinana/www/references.htm

or

a much broader and more comprehensive social networks bibliography maintained at: http://www.socialnetworks.org/

cheers

sinan

At 12:46 PM 3/17/03 -0800, Judy Weedman wrote:
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There's a whole literature on uses of electronic communication in
education which Barry Wellman and Carolyn Haythornthwaite, among others,
have contributed to.  The literature review and content of the following
article which considered professional socialization might be useful:

(While I didn't use network analysis as a methodology in this particular
piece of research, it was certainly foundational in my thinking about the
subject.)

Weedman, Judith.  Conversation and community:  The potential of electronic
conferences for creating intellectual proximity in distributed learning
environments.  JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE 50,
p. 907-928.

And also --
Weedman, Judith (1998). Burglar's tools: The use of collaborative
technology in professional socialization. In Wildemuth,
Barbara (Ed.), Collaboration Across Boundaries: Theories, Strategies, and
Technology: Proceedings of the Midyear Meeting of the American Society for
Information  Science. Medford, NJ: Learned Information (p. 135-145).
or -- http://www.asis.org/Conferences/MY98/Weedman.htm


On Mon, 17 Mar 2003, Cynthia Typaldos wrote:

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> Not sure if this fits but we run regular webcasts on various topics that are
> relevant to our members (software marketing professionals).  We just ran one
> last week, attendance was 120 people.
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> Cynthia Typaldos
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> Dear all,
> I've been exploring the use of computer supported social networks to
> help special education professionals to receive and give professional
> and personal support as means to foster teacher professional
> development.
>
> Most of the approaches have instead focused on the design for
> communities of practice as it seems to be an effective learning model
> (Lave's LPP), although there is little evidence that CofP (as defined
> by Lave and Wenger) actually takes place in these online environments.
>
> I have been comparing this two approaches (namely, social networks and
> communities of practice) based on the notion of community structures
> and the kinds of interactions. However, I would like to be able to
> compare them in terms of learning communities.
>
> I wonder then whether there is any work on the learning aspects of
> social networks, e.g. how do people learn in their social networks, or
> simply whether SN can be thought of as a learning community, or
> community of learners. Finally, is there any model for learning in
> social networks?
>
> Any reference or comment would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thank you in advance,
> Rogerio.
>
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