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The purpose of this research is to investigate the effects of rewards on the participation and how rewards affect the networking behavior in communities of practice (CoP), in order to explore if rewards can help to foster the growth of CoPs. Four communities of practice, of which one was administered rewards to, were compared from November 2010 to January 2012. The timeframe consisted of a five month reward period. At the end of the period rewards were given to the members contributing most to the community. A comparative analysis of four communities was performed, as well as a social network analysis for the one community rewards were given to. The result showed that the rewards had no significant effect on the participation in the community, neither in contributing more content nor in the networking behavior of the members.
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