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Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge - Etienne Wenger

Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge - Etienne Wenger

Today's marketplace is fueled by knowledge. Yet organizing systematically to leverage ... more

knowledge remains a challenge. Leading companies
have discovered that technology is not enough, and
that cultivating communities of practice is the
keystone of an effective knowledge strategy.
Communities of practice come together around
common interests and expertise - whether they
consist of first-line managers or customer service
representatives, neurosurgeons or software
programmers, city managers or home-improvement
amateurs. They create, share, and apply knowledge
within and across the boundaries of teams,
business units, and even entire companies -
providing a concrete path toward creating a true
knowledge organization.In "Cultivating Communities
of Practice", Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott,
and William M. Snyder argue that while communities
form naturally, organizations need to become more
proactive and systematic about developing and
integrating them into their strategy. This book
provides practical models and methods for
stewarding these communities to reach their full
potential - without squelching the inner drive
that makes them so valuable. Through in-depth
cases from firms such as DaimlerChrysler, McKinsey
& Company, Shell, and the World Bank, the authors
demonstrate how communities of practice can be
leveraged to drive overall company strategy,
generate new business opportunities, tie personal
development to corporate goals, transfer best
practices, and recruit and retain top talent. They
define the unique features of these communities
and outline principles for nurturing their
essential elements.They provide guidelines to
support communities of practice through their
major stages of development, address the potential
downsides of communities, and discuss the specific
challenges of distributed communities. And they
show how to recognize the value created by
communities of practice and how to build a
corporate knowledge strategy around them.
Essential reading for a

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Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives) - Etienne Wenger

Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives) - Etienne Wenger

Paperback. Pub Date: 09 May 1999. Pages: 332 Publisher: Camidge. University Press This ... more

book presents a theory of learning that starts
with the Assumption that engagement in Social
practice is the fundamental process by which We
get to know what WE know the and by which we
become who we are. The primary unit of analysis of
this process is neither the individual nor social
institutions. but the informal 'communities of
practice' that people form as they pursue shared
enterprises over time. To give a social account of
learning. the theory explores in a systematic way
the intersection of issues of community. social
practice. meaning. and identity. The result is a
oad framework for thinking about learning as a
process of social participation. This ambitious
but thoroughly accessible framework has relevance
for the practitioner as well as the theoretician.
presented with all the e...

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Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives) - Etienne Wenger

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Presents a broad conceptual framework for thinking about learning as a process of social participation.

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Type Non-Fiction
Genre Anthropology
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 28.09.1999
Author Etienne Wenger
Title Communities Of Practice
EAN 9780521663632
ISBN 0521663636

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