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Computing alone? A professional association as a forum for knowledge and learning processes

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-263
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge-Based Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The main objective of this article is to explore how a professional association can aid individuals' knowledge and learning processes as a part of a local innovation environment (LIE). An association for ICT professionals, called PITKY, is used as an empirical, illustrative case. The results indicate that an association can have many roles in LIEs from the individual point of view, but these benefits are available mainly for the active members of the association. The roles of the association also change over time, emphasising professional associations' need to reinvent themselves constantly.


  • Association, Community of practice, Interpersonal relationships, Knowledge, Knowledge community, Learning, LIE, Local innovation environment, Social capital, Strong ties, Weak ties