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dc.contributor.authorWest, Richard Edward
dc.description.abstractThe rise of the Information Age, computing technologies, and an emphasis on innovation in the modern economy has made creativity an especially critical skill for modern workers. In addition, workers are asked to develop innovative ideas within teams and groups, and researchers have found that “collaboration is the secret to breakthrough creativity” (Sawyer, 2008, p. ix). Theories on the nature of group learning and working have traditionally emphasized models where acquisition of knowledge or development of expertise are central. However, the modern emphasis on collaborative innovation requires a new framework to help us understand the nature of community relations and collaboration when innovation is the goal. This dissertation explores the development of a Communities of Innovation (COI) framework. I present a theoretical framework of COIs drawn from research on social learning, creativity, and organizational behavior. Based on this framework and utilizing phenomenological interviewing (Seidman, 2006) and Critical Incident Technique (Flanagan, 1954), I conducted an exploratory study of four members of a graduate community of designers with many characteristics emblematic of COIs. Findings included in-depth details of the experiences of the four cases, as well as overall evidence for the inclusion of some aspects of the proposed COI framework. In addition, I identified challenges and recommendations to establishing a COI within a graduate educational setting and possible new directions for research using a variety of different methods to better understand the nature of COIs and how to effectively develop them.
dc.subjectCommunities of innovation
dc.subjectCommunities of practice
dc.subjectCommunities of learning
dc.subjectSocial learning theory
dc.subjectCritical Incident Technique
dc.subjectInnovation Age
dc.subjectInformation Age
dc.subjectHigher education
dc.subjectOrganizational learning
dc.titleCommunities of innovation
dc.title.alternativeexploring innovation within a community of graduate instructional designers
dc.description.departmentEducational Psychology and Instructional Technology
dc.description.majorInstructional Technology
dc.description.advisorMichael Hannafin
dc.description.committeeMichael Hannafin
dc.description.committeeWendy E. A. Ruona
dc.description.committeeLloyd Rieber
dc.description.committeeJanette Hill

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