Peer Leadership in a Virtual Community of Practice

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Peer Leadership in a Virtual Community of Practice

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dc.contributor.author Ross, Jack John Wesley en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-16T13:26:38Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T17:00:43Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T10:48:13Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-10 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This interpretive research study examines peer leadership in a distributed online MBA community of practice at New States University (NSU pseudonym, based in USA). It explores ways in which faculty members in a global business course, NMBA616 (pseudonym), negotiate relationships, meaning and identity in their efforts to be effective teachers and address their own needs for professional growth and development. The research participants provide insights about community formation and function in a virtual domain where they work together at a distance without meeting face-to-face. The study appears to be a new application of culture code methodology, symbolic interactionism and social learning theory as they conjoin on social, psychological and organizational levels. To my knowledge it is the first study of an MBA virtual community of practice. Research interviews were conducted primarily by distance using web-based technology, teleconferences and email, as well as some face to face discussion. The central questions are: 1) To what extent does a distributed faculty team in an online global business management course constitute a community of practice? 2) What is the nature of faculty relationships in the online global business management course? and 3) What are the leadership issues in a virtual practice setting? Findings reveal that online community practitioners are resourceful in creating peer leadership that is embedded within the group and its relationships. The study is motivated by my personal interests and professional experience, as well as by the quest of online colleagues for ways to assess, support and improve themselves and their practice. Building on personal experience as an online business communications instructor, the thesis presents an example of peer leadership in a virtual global business community of practice and in its completion stands as a case study. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/104921 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject Community en_GB
dc.subject Community efficacy en_GB
dc.subject Community of practice en_GB
dc.subject Culture code en_GB
dc.subject Distributed leadership en_GB
dc.subject Leadership en_GB
dc.subject Management en_GB
dc.subject Social learning theory en_GB
dc.subject symbolic interactionism en_GB
dc.subject Social construction en_GB
dc.subject technology en_GB
dc.subject Identity en_GB
dc.title Peer Leadership in a Virtual Community of Practice en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2010-06-16T13:26:38Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T17:00:43Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T10:48:13Z
dc.contributor.advisor MacDonald, Malcolm en_GB
dc.contributor.advisor Rose, Jo en_GB
dc.publisher.department Graduate School of Education en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle EdD in Education en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname EdD en_GB


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