Events Management as a Community of Practice

Date

2021

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

2514-9792

Volume Title

Publisher

Emerald

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Purpose This paper examines events management as a Community of Practice (CoP) and to demonstrate that knowledge management and practice within events operate as a CoP. The paper adds to the events management literature which is currently superficial in considering events conceptually as a CoP.

Design/methodology/approach An interpretive and inductive approach was adopted for the research which incorporated quantitative and qualitative methods undertaken in a United Kingdom setting. Twenty-five in-depth semi-structured interviews with event professionals were conducted and this was complemented by a survey of 215 event professionals.

Findings The findings demonstrate that within the evolving events industry, as well as reflected in aspects of the academic literature, events can be depicted as a ‘domain’ which connects event professionals to a ‘community’. The themes emerging revealed that there are modes of working, shared values and practices, a shared identity, and a desire to work as a wider collective in order to maintain and enhance knowledge and practice, which are in keeping with a CoP framework.

Implications This study provides new insight on an under-researched area concerning knowledge and practice development within events management.

Originality/value This is a novel study that considers how the emergent field of events management should be considered as a CoP. It addresses a gap in the literature pertaining to knowledge and practice creation within events management from a CoP perspective .

Description

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Keywords

Communities of Practice, Events

Citation

Brown, T. and Stokes, P. (2021) Events Management as a Community of Practice, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights.

Rights

Research Institute

Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)