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By Francesco Schiavone

This publication makes a speciality of the suggestion of “vintage innovation” and its software in a number of previous technology-based groups of perform. a few groups of perform face up to and react to technological switch via adopting new technological items (“vintage products”) that reach the life of their previous, preferred items and practices. there are many power purposes for such strategic reactions, that are analyzed by way of the writer. The publication opens by way of reviewing the character of technological swap. previous technology-based groups of perform and their common reactions to technological swap are then mentioned, and the concept that of classic innovation, brought and defined. The publication provides 4 case reports of groups of clients within which classic innovation emerged: analog photographers, radio amateurs, arcade videogame gamers, and disc jockeys.​

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Furthermore, a desk analysis of the main reactions to technological change is provided. The literature review outlines that technology-based communities often have an ambivalent reaction, between resistance and openness, to technological change if this process implies the substitution of some of their core technological products. The chapter ends by proposing various future research lines on communities of practice, ­technological products, and the communities’ reactions to change. 1 The Concept of Community of Practice The concept of community of practice (henceforth: CoP) is fascinating and relatively new.

But professional communities make valuable their professional practices and services also by knowing a set of implicit conducts, tacit conventions and competencies. These intangible assets are learned by imitation and repetition of tasks. Communities of highly expert/creative people are used to develop new exploratory knowledge through collaboration. Creativity is achieved by the integration of people with heterogeneous competencies and expertise. , codification) between the different actors of the creative process.

The central role played by technology in this type of community makes the notion of CoP very close to the concept of mass-producing community, a social constellation of actors (organizations and/or individuals) collaborating to produce some technological final goods, sharing a common technological knowledge and usually competing with each other (Preece and Laurila 2003). The close connection between practice and technology implies that such communities have a strong technical culture and traditions which orient and affect largely the beliefs, knowledge, routines, social norms, and orientation to innovation of their members.

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