Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge Hardcover – 1 Jan 2002
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Written by the top authority on the subject, this is the definitive guide to developing communities of practice and integrating them into a company-wide knowledge strategy. The term, "communities of practice," was first coined by Etienne Wenger, who researched this organizational form. Provides a framework and practical tools to design and develop communities of practice and to launch a community of practice-based knowledge initiative. Details the five stages of development and mentions problems that are likely to arise at each stage---and then provides ways to prevent these and solve them. ● Offers richly illustrated examples from companies such as DaimlerChrysler, McKinsey, the World Bank, and Shell.
About the Author
Etienne Wenger is a renowned expert and consultant on knowledge management and communities of practice in San Juan, California.
Top customer reviews
In their desperation to be friendly to a non-academic audience, the authors have avoided anything challenging to conventional management thinking, watering down the original and valuable concepts of the earlier books. The Community of Practice, which was previously "an intrinsic condition for the existence of knowledge" is now an optional - "a practical way to manage knowledge as an asset". Instead of being a pre-requisite for meaning and practice, it has become merely the latest management idea - a useful place for people to exchange ideas and help each other with problems. Problems and solutions are thereby re-located back into the minds of individuals, rather than being socially constructed.
There are occasional paragraphs - for instance on stewardship and institutionalisation - which briefly touch on the real issues, but for the most part the content is anodyne, and would be better suited to beginner's guide to running a social club.
A dreadfully disappointing book.
There are plenty of practical illustrations of the concepts taken from the work place. These help you spot the starting points for your work in your own organisation. If this is your first encounter with Communities of Practice then the book is a good starting point. Making the subject accessible in a way that other academic discourses on the subject do not.
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