Determinants of participation in an Inuit online community of practice

Candyce Hamel, Morad Benyoucef*, Craig Kuziemsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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An online community of practice (OCoP) is an important tool for managing and disseminating knowledge within a community. Unfortunately, research shows that OCoPs are often unsuccessful due to lack of participation by members of the community. This paper describes a preliminary investigation of the determinants that impact participation in an OCoP within an Inuit community. An open-ended interview questionnaire was developed and members of the Inuit community were interviewed. Our results show lack of time as the main barrier to participation. Our study also reveals an interest by many members of the Inuit community in being involved in the development of the OCoP. The Inuit have a strong culture built on knowledge sharing, and this allows for open conversations and greater trust within the community. In a culture built and sustained by knowledge sharing, we strongly believe that an OCoP can be a valuable tool, provided the right steps are taken to facilitate and encourage participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalKnowledge Management Research and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Inuit culture
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Online community of practice
  • Web 2.0


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