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Title: Identifying the needs of community of practice (CoP) for researchers within UAE
Authors: Halaweh, M. 
Al Mourad, M.B. 
Miniaoui, S. 
Issue Date: 2011
Journal: Proceedings of the European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems - Informing Responsible Management: Sustainability in Emerging Economies, EMCIS 2011 
Conference: 8th European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2011; Athens; Greece; 30 May 2011 through 31 May 2011; Code 88696 
Abstract: Community of practice (CoP) is increasingly capturing the interest of many fields such as business companies, education and organizations. Many CoP were developed for people who have common interest in healthcare, agriculture and environment, and teaching. However, there is lack of research which highlights the CoP needs particularly for academic research field. The aim of this study is to identify the needs of CoP for researchers in UAE. We adopted qualitative research approach to identify the needs and applied the grounded theory method to analyze the data. The results of the analysis showed seven main needs: collaboration, debating, awareness/ notification, reference management, cross search, customization, tracking, and user orientation. In addition, this research revealed some cultural issues related to UAE context.
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