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The younger members of the group are more optimistic about their capacity to affect activities in the organisation than are their older colleagues. The experts in the biotechnology firm have a group identity that is mainly built around individual experts working to develop a unique product. They have their specialities as a strong value and goal, and this shapes both the individual and group identity. The communicative climate is open and everyone is aware of the importance of keeping their colleagues informed.

Lave and Wenger explain how newcomers learn the practice in which they are engaged through moving from ‘‘legitimate peripheral participation’’ to being full participants in a sociocultural practice. In this process, newcomers absorb a body of practice and procedures that have evolved historically and are shared and developed by a community of practitioners (Lave & Wenger, 1991; Talja & Hansen, 2005). As part of their socialization into an academic discipline, students will learn two kinds of knowledge.

In the biotechnology firm, information is a personal asset delivered to the group or to specific members of the group. Although Motives for Sharing 25 information is a personal resource that is shared with the other workers, the open office landscape helps the organisation shape some level of common knowledge base where everyone can see and hear what the other functions are working with. ‘‘The open office landscape means that everything is public information’’ (Communication). The claims handling group has built a very clear structure of their information sources, and there are also clear communication patterns.

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