The present study aims to investigate the current status of two communities of practice: the network of knowledge chief managers (NKCM) of China Productivity Center (CPC) as well as iEARN Taiwan. The study adopts the qualitative method, using case studies to explore the development process of both communities. The data collection methods include documents analysis, file archives, observations as well as interviews. The results reveal that although the participants of both NKCM at CPC and iEARN Taiwan joined the communities for various personal interests, they all received organizational supports during their participations of community activities. However, the participants of CPC were more oriented toward the enhancement of professional development, cognitive interests, social relations, work improvement, organizational services, or marketing information collection. The participants of iEARN Taiwan were attracted to the community by exploring ways to improve their instructions as well as purpose sound instructional methods. The interactions for both communities were diverse and the content of interaction was broad. As for collaboration, the participants of iEARN Taiwan demonstrated higher motivation for collaboration than people in CPC group.
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