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http://www.worldbank.org/knowledgebank/research.html
supporting research, networking, and communities of practice
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resources to promote broad access to—and effective use of—knowledge and information as tools of sustainable development. members cooperate in a variety of ways-through pilot projects, learning events, capacity building, information sharing, and project coordination. more information: www.globalknowledge.org fact sheet: in html or as a pdf file the world bank group s knowledge sharing network supports more than one hundred thematic communities of practice, comprising bank staff and development partners who share a common area of expertise or interest. these groups provide advisory services, statistical databases, good practice notes, and other materials to connect people who have key development knowledge to those who need it, both inside and outside the bank. the program also supports a dynamic external web site that provides a

 

http://alberti.mit.edu/anneb/abstract.html
anne beamish -- dissertation abstract
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do not lie with the individual dealership employees. these individuals are not modern-day luddites or acting irrationally. in fact, the dealerships are reacting in a quite reasonable way given the circumstances of their work environment. it is the structure of the industry, business practices, work environment, and culture, rather than the individual, that conspire against creating communities of practice or increased use of it for learning and communication. the study also demonstrates that dealership employees are not a monolithic group. technicians, parts employees, service advisors and salespeople all work under different conditions, and consequently react to information technology, learning, and communication in quite different ways. the overall lesson gained from this study is that in order to use information

 

http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/hildreth99communities.html
researchindex nec research institute citeseer computer science
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and kimble, c. communities of practice in the distributed international environment. proc. design for collaboration: communities constructing technology (york, feb 1999), 13-28. http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/hildreth99communities.html more @misc{ hildreth99communities, author = "p. hildreth and c. kimble", title = "communities of practice in the distributed international environment", text = "hildreth, p., and kimble, c. communities of practice in the distributed international environment. proc. design for collaboration: communities constructing technology (york, feb 1999), 13-28.", year = "1999", url = "citeseer.nj.nec.com/hildreth99communities.html" } citations (may not include all citations): 1 boersma and stegwee (context) - stegwee, issues et al. – 1996

 

http://collaborate.shef.ac.uk/nl2000abstracts/foster.htm
negotiating practice: an analysis of an institutional dialogue about networked learning
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of the change process are explored through an examination of theuniversity s need to further engage the formal institutional nature of the organizationwith the informal emergent nature of academic practice. in conclusion, implications aredrawn for the university s capacity to learn about networked learning. references fullan, m. (1991). the new meaning ofeducational change. london: cassell. wenger, e. (1998). communities of practice:learning, meaning, and identity. cambridge: cambridge university press.

 

http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/~chip/pubs/easley/
emerging communities of practice
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and sometimes serve to hinder, rather than enhance dialogue. institutional constraints often hamper the collaboration needed to construct useful theories. in most schools, teachers are given scant time for extended inquiry and little recognition for what they may accomplish. university researchers are rarely rewarded for the extra time and effort needed to conduct extended work in school or community learning settings. as a result, the deep connection between research and practice that piaget (1970) called for in his "science of education" has not developed as it might. the situation in education may contrast with that of other applied disciplines as well. in engineering, medicine, and agriculture, the processes of inquiry, the research values, and the representational devices (mathematical formulas, graphs, diagrams,

 

http://forums.brint.com
e-business technology and knowledge management forums
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knowledge sharing, intellectual capital... e-business electronic commerce (post messages) discussions on topics in our e-business and e-commerce portal : crm, supply chain, erp, bpr, enterprise apps, portals, net security, net advertising, data warehousing, wireless... new economy issues (post messages) new digital economy themes such as co-opetation, business ecosystems, communities of practice, new corporate forms, transformation of work, lifelong education and learning, cybercommunities, industry transformations, new governance structures... business technology biztech (post messages) discussions on topics in our net business technology portal based on classic business researcher s interests: organizational learning, reengineering, complex systems, virtual corporations, intranets, intellectual property, mis...

 

http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/asis.html
rethinking networks and communities in a wired society
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practice(lave and wenger 1991) are defined by something -- an interest or identity,perhaps -- that their participants have in common, regardless of theirlocation in space. thus we speak of "the african-american community", butan occupational or recreational group is a community of practice as well.third, wellman (1999: 17-21) suggests that a social network can be understoodas a community; this notion, unlike the others, lacks a sense of commonalityor boundary. fourth, a virtual community can be built in an internet forum(rheingold 1993), although in practice most virtual communities are embeddedin larger communities of practice whose members interact through other mediaas well. finally, anderson (1991) suggests that newspapers and other mediacan create imagined communities for their readers, and each of the other

 

 

http://iisd1.iisd.ca/networks/iisdnetworks.asp
networks and alliances - knowledge networks | iisd
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sustainable development. the consultative group on sustainable development indicators (cgsdi) strives to help arrive at an internationally accepted sustainable development index. the work of the cgsdi includes promoting cooperation, better coordination, and strategizing among key individuals and institutions that work on developing and using sustainable development indicators. the sustainable development webworks is a community of webmasters at sustainable development organizations. they build each others capacity and strive to improve practice in communicating environment and development issues online.regional policy networks in addition to acting as the secretariat for issue-based networks, iisd also works with iucn to coordinate regional policy networks (rpns) in west africa, central america and south asia. these rpns aim

 

http://inkido.indiana.edu/research/copfrt.html
sasha barab's research projects: communities of practice
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d. d., land, s. m. (2000). (eds.). theoretical foundations of learning environments. mahwah, nj: lawrence erlbaum associates. frompractice fields to communities of practice. paper to appear in the journal of the learning sciences on my research related to a community of teachers project at indiana university. preparing pre-service teachers: developing an empirical account of a community of practice paper to appear in educational technology research development on an nsf funded project on designing an online community for learning. designing and building an online community: the struggle to support sociability in the inquiry learning forum. new computer endoresment cohort program based on communities of practice notions. computer endorsement cohort program homepage figure 1. dialectical relations among practice, meaning,

 

http://stevedenning.com/communities_heart_soul.html
communities of practice are the heart and soul of km supporting communities role of communities of practice
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role of communities of practice building a learning organization requires nurturing communities of practice where trust can foster knowledge sharing-communities of practice and knowledge management communities of practice, community, practice, knowledge, management, sharing, learning, organization, trust, world bank, virtual, technology communities of practice, community, community of practice, communities stephen denning communities of practice are the heart and soul of km;supporting communities;role of communities of practice body bgcolor="#ffffff" link="#0000ff" vlink="#0000ff" alink="#0000ff"> knowledge management laws of

 

http://stevedenning.com/passion_communities_practice.html
passion is driver of communities of practice role of passion in communities importance of passion in communities
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companies and executives who have spent their lives trying to keep emotion out of the work place. nevertheless the lesson repeatedly emerges from case studies and benchmarking of knowledge sharing programs. as a result - for reasons of sheer efficiency and effectiveness - the modern workplace is finding it necessary to provide time and space for both the head and the heart.. in the process, it is discovered that communities also enrich organizations and personal lives. nurturing communities of practice and building on positive human emotions in the workplace provide a key to creating and developing healthier forms of organizations. the limited liability company has been an invention that has helped generate immense wealth. it has also led for the most part to emotionally desiccated lives for the individuals who work in these

 

http://stevedenning.com/communities_knowledge_management.html
establishing communities of practice for knowledge management-role of community-importance of community
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community-importance of community practical guidance on supporting communities of practice in knowledge management and knowledge sharing programs-role of community-importance of community stephen denning establishing communities of practice for knowledge management-role of community-importance of community body bgcolor="#ffffff" link="#0000ff" vlink="#0000ff" alink="#0000ff"> knowledge management communities of practice for knowledge management communities of practice for knowledge sharing i read the springboard i hear the buzz i learn about storytelling i understand knowledge management i i discover knowledge-international i find my other work

 

http://www-staff.it.uts.edu.au/~lueg/ecscw2001.html
ecscw 2001 workshop "actions and identities in virtual communities of practice"
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activity in virtual communities of practice. in particular, we want to investigate if and how it matters that activities in physical space create and maintain interaction in virtual communities of practice. in order to investigate virtual communities of practice, we need to draw from several research areas. we know from sociology that humans are social beings that tend to form communities and we know from research in virtual communities that humans are able to form such communities in the virtual. we also know that ``communities of practice may emerge whenever people work together. however, social participation - as a constituent of communities of practice - is not just engaging in certain activities, such as working in a team, but actively participating in the practices of social communities and constructing

 

http://www-l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~l3d/grants/uu-progress.html
designing useful and usable computational environments
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usable design environments will put skilled domain workers in charge, help them perform their work, learn about tool use and group practices, communicate with other members of the group and outside customers, and also enable them to co-evolve their practices together with their tools. this way, useful and usable design environments will serve the tasks and needs of users, their communities and their organizations. mid term exam: demo of a domain oriented design environment for a community of practice. present taxonomy of communities of practice. final exam: demo of a useful and usable domain oriented design environment evolved by a community of practice. present innovative design framework and system architecture. present taxonomy mapping needs arising in communities of practice to properties of tools. quater chart: home page

 

 


 http://www.apmforum.com/emerald/knowledge-management-3.htm
knowledge management and intellectual capital
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number of characteristics of knowledge need to be recognised, and accommodated in learning processes and knowledge management. finally, the concept of a knowledge entrepreneur is proposed. keywords: learning organizations, knowledge workers, knowledge management, entrepreneurs article type: comparative/evaluators content indicators: research implication- , practice implication- , originality- , readability- communities of practice in the distributed international environment paul hildreth, chris kimble, peter wright journal of knowledge management; 04: 1 2000; pp. 27-38 modern commercial organisations are facing pressures which have caused them to lose personnel. when they lose people, they also lose their knowledge. organisations also have to cope with the internationalisation of business forcing collaboration and

 

http://www.brandknowledge.com/mem_a.htm
brandknowledge.com - members
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brandknowledge.com - members brandknowledge.com - members resources hot debate news links leaders thinkers members help ask ben search members registration sign into networks the notice board origin pages communities of practice online surveys

 

http://www.brint.com/wwwboard/messages/1039.html
message: re: identifying nodes - growth of communities of practice
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slack is that the communities themselves will pick up the opportunties and assess the value long before any outsider. the way to go is increase the information flow, allow more self organization, reward the results. the cops will take care of the rest if the medium is right, the end goal is clearly communicated and there is room to move. i would be interested to hear your take on this. follow ups: re: identifying nodes - growth of communities of practice david fishley 17:33:38 5/25/98 (1) different communities denham 15:05:53 5/26/98 (0) re: identifying nodes - growth of communities of practice tom sudman 17:36:48 1/16/98 (3) re: identifying nodes - growth of communities of practice rob patzig 10:57:17 1/19/98 (2) re: identifying nodes - growth of communities of practice susanne williams 20:38:08 1/20/98 (1) re: identifying

 

http://www.brint.com/wwwboard/messages/67.html
message: tools for communities of practice
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functions track timelines, document movements and commitments and will be enhanced with greater bandwith and multimedia shortly. now is the time to pay attention to knowledge creation, (not datamining or retrieval of information objects) but assisting the synergy of the group mind, assisting quality critique, puling new ideas from the periphery. follow ups: re: tools for communities of practice thomas m larsen 09:33:49 2/10/98 (1) defining the virtual business community thomas m. larsen 13:08:38 9/22/98 (0) re: tools for communities of practice david p. klinkhamer 13:09:37 8/26/97 (0) re: tools for communities of practice david p. klinkhamer 13:08:25 8/26/97 (0) re: tools for communities of practice david p. klinkhamer 13:05:41 8/26/97 (0) re: tools for communities of practice mezei 14:18:57 6/20/97 (0) post a followup name:

 

http://www.brint.com/wwwboard/messages/68.html
message: re: how to harvest your employees' knowledge?
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information and passing on those packets to the users," the other model states something like: "there is a great big river of data out there... we give the users compasses and canoes... and let them navigate the rapids..." the key challenge, in my view, is striking the balance between the notion of structure (& control) imposed by the organization with the fluid, virtual and dynamic structure (& control) that emerges within the communities of practice. the focal appears to be passing of control to the users, who motivated by a sense of self-determination, are hopefully more actively involved in the knowledge creation process. given their arguments, their point doesn t seem contrary to that being made by denham. however, as observed by him, their title doesn t seem to capture the essence of their thinking. - yogesh follow ups: re: how to

 

http://www.brint.com/wwwboard/messages/9921.html
message: contrast between formal teams and virtual communities of practice
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professionals relates to brint brint releases first survival book for knowledge-driven organizations more news about brint knowledge management crm (customer mgmt) e-commerce news online information online content online search engines xml metadata vertical portals b2b online legal issues online portals computer security databases wap wireless articles on other topics contrast between formal teams and virtual communities of practice ( follow ups ) ( post followup ) ( discussion forums ) ( discussion archive ) posted by jeffery bridges on june 01, 2001 at 18:22:50: in reply to: a couple additional thoughts posted by bill bruck on june 01, 2001 at 08:27:14: thank you for your insightful observation of the contrast. i believe there is a grey area between cops and formal organizational virtual teams. this grey ara contains cops such

 

http://www.c3i.osd.mil/bpr/bprcd/5710.htm
leveraging to think?
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leveraging to think? leveraging to think? leveraging to think? susan u. stucky and john seely brown across the board; march 1996 topic(s): training & learning, creative & innovative thinking skills(home)document listings by: (title)(author)(topic)(coverage)(source) abstract: we are already a society of learners, organized into what the author calls "communities of practice". learning is not a solitary activity; it is a social act that causes people who work together to learn from one another in a natural way. this insight can lead organizations to create an architecture for learning. the full text of this document is not available in the library, but it is referenced here as a bibliographic citation for informational purposes.

 

http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~asb/workshops/chi/99/participants/jones.html
… the success of communities will determine the success of the kx system …
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practice emerged as an important component in effective corporate knowledge management, so we explicitly focused on understanding the role of communities and how they function most effectively, taking into consideration a wide diversity of community types. one outcome of the research on communities of practice was an analysis of success factors for successful on-line forums for communities of practice. they are as follows. identity communities with a clear identity of what the community is about are more successful. one of the key differentiators between communities that thrive and those that do not is the degree to whi communities based on organizational structure have too diverse a membership to engage all of their members in active participation. while industry and competency communities serve necessary functions, they contain

 

http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~marshall/jmis/jmis.html
making large-scale information resources serve communities of practice
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underlying materials rather than a property of the materials themselves). representational variability will allow a given piece or collection of information to be generalized and reapplied, and the abstractions that structure it to be modified and reused. 3. conclusions large scale information resources, digital libraries and other significant and authoritative on-line repositories, are under development, ready to act as testbeds for communities of practice. much of the research focus thusfar has been on the technological basis for an infrastructure to provide storage and access to this wealth of materials. but we also must attend to the superstructure -- community memory and similar forms of use-directed indexing, annotation, and informal augmentation -- of these resources to make them serve the needs of people

 

http://www.engr.wisc.edu/services/weel/coalition/bibliography.html
learning communities annotated bibliography
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authority, and dealing with difference. a synthesis of the psychologically oriented and liberatory models of feminist pedagogy yields insights for the creation of inclusive adult learning environments. rather than prescribing approaches, these insights highlight issues and teaching practices that adult educators should consider in the quest to create democratic classrooms in which every voice can be heard.iii tollefson, g., collaborative learning communities in washington community colleges (unpublished ph.d. dissertation, seattle university, 1990). i weber, ellen, "uniting to introduce multiple intelligences teaching approaches (mita)," nassp bulletin, vol. 83 no.604 february 1999, pp. 57-68. the writer discusses the partnership between houghton college teachers-in-training and cuba-rushford school. this partnership brought new

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/online/01/people.html
the people are the company
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implementation promised with each new consulting nostrum. to some extent they are counterintuitive: to win in the new world of business, managers shouldn t try to gain control, they should surrender it. in other words, these ideas are real. and they match what we re discovering about the nature of working in the knowledge era. how can we begin to convert these principles into action? with communities of practice ( cops ) -- the critical building block of a knowledge-based company. what are cops? think back to national and the pll engineers. at the simplest level, they are a small group of people ( in this case, about 20 ) who ve worked together over a period of time. not a team, not a task force, not necessarily an authorized or identified group. people in cops can perform the same job ( tech reps ) or collaborate on a shared task (

 

http://www.gsn.org/teach/articles/netasplace.html
internet as place
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involve apublication phase. however, publishing implies an audience, a set of readers. a caution toonline enthusiasm about publishing is that putting work on the web is not necessarily thesame as publishing. publishing implies a readership. the internet could become a vastpublic storage system for information, but this is something quite different from havingthings published within a community of practice. the structure we evolve for"value-ing" information indexes community. we need to remember that writing isto an audience and there needs to be a relationship between writers and readers. they needto each be concerned about the other. inviting the village into the classroom; taking students out into thevillage we send children to school to give them the opportunity to move beyond the constraintsof family and friends

 

http://www.iirusa.com/communitiesofpractice/
communities of practice 2001 - conference overview
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organization quickly and easily. communities of practice are emerging as a key mechanism for creating, and sharing, and applying knowledge. a community of practice can be: a group of people who meet regularly to share innovations, an online discussion forum of individuals working to solve common business problems, or a group that crosses departmental or organizational boundaries to share ideas.at iir’s fourth communities of practice conference, you will learn: practical skills for implementing and improving communities in your organization how leading organizations use communities for knowledge sharing and business improvement how to legitimize and show the value of a community of practice skills tools for measuring and managing communities incentives to increase community participation how to elicit knowledge a vibrant, living

 

http://www.icasit.org/km/kmarticles.htm
icasit km central: knowledge management articles
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knowledge management or something else - it s the bedrock that s supporting today s corporate strategies. knowledge management strategies have an alarming failure rate. this article believes that this is due primarily to a reliance on technology. the article discusses the five largest pitfalls and how to avoid them while implementing knowledge management projects. amidon, debra m., "the emerging community of knowledge practice" although this article discusses the value of km accros functions within and oganization as well as from inter-organization efforts." amidon, debra m., "the momentum of knowledge management" although this article is several years old, it does provide a solid overview of how the knowledge management field is expanding. knowledge sharing is essential to the organization, and a "middle-up-down" management structure

 

http://www.internettime.com/itimegroup/learning.htm
how people learn
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would automate every aspect of learning today seems irresponsible. that dog won t hunt. the old way of looking at learning: teach = fill their empty heads. from the institute for research on learning assess = see what s inside. learning about learning is occupying my thoughts these days (mid 2001) and i expect to spew lots of ideas on the topic in the next few months. i m reading wenger s communities of practice and enjoying it immensely. the mind s past has got me thinking about conning the internal con man, the "interpreter" that puts a spin on things to fake us into thinking we re in control and that the world is rational. the evolution of everyday things and metaphors we live by put me in the mood of thinking everything is a variation of something that came before; nothing s de novo. perhaps the jungian introvert/extrovert will play

 

http://www.km.gov/cop/cop.html
km.gov - communities of practice
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february 23, 2000, minutes march 8, 2000, minutes may 17, 2000, minutes (pdf) caucus systems site visit (pdf) october 19, 2000, minutes world bank site visit establishing communities of practice cop pilot concept image february 14, 2001, minutes case study: fhwa resource center expertise locator (ms word) case study: fmcsa 2010 strategy and performance planning community of practice (cop) (ms word) case study: re:nepa community of practice (cop) (ms word) so you think you want to be a community…? (ms word) fhwa building communities of practice for knowledge exchange (pdf poster) march 28, 2001 minutes (ms word) good practices for starting a cop (ms word) tentative schedule for the cop special interest group, may 2000 - january 2001 (ms word) online communities: designing usability, supporting sociability dr. jenny preece, university of

 

http://www.km.gov/documents/cop/index.htm
communities of practice: key to knowledge strategy
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communities of practice: key to knowledge strategy/head>communities of practice: key to knowledge strategy 12/4/2000 click here to start table of contents ppt slide a traditional functional organization the move to car platforms tech clubs saved the platform idea: tech clubs matured through successive phases: tech clubs were not made into formal structures: in an organization, a community of practice is a group of people who care about a common set of issues, share and develop knowledge in that domain, and thus steward a competence critical to the success of the organization. ppt slide in organizations, communities of practice are found: ppt slide ppt slide on communities of practice ppt slide ppt slide ppt slide ppt slide communities of practice are the next phase in organizational design: ppt slide ppt slide ppt

 http://www.km.gov/cop/cop_primer.html
primer on communities of practice
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develop strategic perspectives that transcend the fragmentation of product lines. for instance, a community of practice may propose a plan for equipment purchase that no one business unit could have come up with on its own. across company boundaries: in some cases, communities of practice become useful by crossing organizational boundaries. for instance, in fast-moving industries, engineers who work for suppliers and buyers may form a community of practice to keep up with constant technological changes. communities of practice are not a new kind of organizational unit; rather, they are adifferent cut on the organization s structure–one that emphasizes the learningthat people have done together rather than the unit they report to, the project they areworking on, or the people they know. communities of practice differ from other kinds

 

http://www.km.gov/links/cop_links.html
km.gov - knowledge management communities of practice links
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knowledge management communities of practice links. km.gov - knowledge management communities of practice links/head> communities of practice communities of practice community intelligence labs communities of practice: an introduction michael mcmaster communities of practice: combining organizational learning and strategy insights to create a bridge to the 21st century william m. snyder, august 1997 communities of practice: learning as a social system etienne wenger, ph.d. communities of practice: learning is social. training is irrelevant? david stamp communities of practice seminar synopsis in may of 2001, a subject concentration seminar on communities of practice (cop) was held in the virtual kmci chaper egroup of yahoo groups. denham grey of grey matter served as the seminar s host and posted thread

 

http://www.learnativity.com/community.html
community - learnativity.com
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experiential, simulations, leadership, human capital, training offering busy people information on learning, productivity, creativity, balance, and thought-leadership. community - learnativity.com learnativity.com themes community email lists online community report towntalk from dynapolis learning communities egroup virtual communities egroupreally good books community building on the web: secret strategies for successful online communities. amy jo kim, 1999. communities of practice: learning, meaning, and identity. etienne wenger, 1999. communities in cyberspace. marc a. smith, 1998. the community of the future. the drucker foundation, 1998. net gain: expanding markets through virtual communities john hagel, arthur armstrong, 1997. hosting web communities cliff

 

http://www.managementscience.org/research/ab0009.asp
effective virtual teams through communities of practice, management science, strathclyde university
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highlights some of the issues of trust and identity that exist in virtual teams and argues that, due to certain barriers, only a small proportion of these teams reach a satisfactory level of performance. using the evidence from two recent sets of studies, it highlights some of the barriers to effective virtual team working and demonstrates the critical importance of trust and social bonding to the functioning of such teams. it reports on the use of a community of practice in a virtual team and argues that this may provide one mechanism for overcoming some of the barriers. finally, it argues that many of the problems stem from a lack of understanding of the new geography of the information economy and that, rather than accepting the notion that geography no longer matters , continued efforts must be made to understand the

 

 

http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/elearning/communities.html
communities of practice
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believe the most important e-learning will be developmental in nature.that is because the combinationof training, development, and education over aperiod of time has a synergic power that grows theindividual far beyond any single subject she may learn.internet style of learning according to the four styles (empowerment through self-directed, web-based learning)listed below, communities of practice would fall under the third and fourth stylelevels: level one: (awareness) - basic browsing and searching by individuals or small groups to find specific information. this level constitutes basic awareness of what is available and how to become a self-directed life-long learner. level two: (adoption) - self-publishing on the world wide web by creating graphical web pages using both internet graphics and information as well as original

 

http://www.oingo.com/topic/20/20406.html
oingo: "knowledge flow and communities of practice"
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downloadable academic publications of paul hildreth, university of york. communities of practice: performance and evolution by bernardo a. huberman and tad hogg. a detailed model of collaboration in communities of practice and we examine its dynamical consequences for the group as a whole. full text of study downloadable as postscript file. community in the workplace describes an anthology of essays about community building in the workplace, written by a virtual community of community-builders. information on knowledge management and communities of practice provides links to sources of information on knowledge management and communities of practice knowledge alliances communities of practice knowledge exchange. driving sales, service and innovation through communities of practice. knowledge management research at

 

http://www.odnetwork.org/odponline/vol32n4/knowledgenets.html
~ od practitioner online - vol. 32 / no. 4 ~
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relationships. in my own practice i apply social network analysis methodologies to surface patterns of interaction and help guide development of communities. • community formation. working with communities and knowledge networks is different from working with project teams or intact working groups. communities have looser bonds and are focused less on a particular task than they are on overall development of their field of expertise. facilitating community development, however, is a natural role for people with a solid background in od. etienne wenger’s groundbreaking book communities of practice lays out a solid theoretical foundation for understanding the dynamics of practice communities. we can anticipate that there will be a growing body of thought and practice in this area and it offers great opportunity for practitioners to

 

http://www.research.ibm.com/journal/sj/404/lesser.html
communities of practice and organizational performance
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social capital necessary to achieve these goals. in addition, a second challenge is the development of measures that can guide and link the social capital building activities with actual business outcomes. management actions. although a full examination of the activities that can influence the development of social capital is beyond the scope of this paper, our results suggest a number of potential interventions that can benefit communities of practice. provide opportunities for individuals to make new connections. there are a number of ways that firms can enable community members to make connections with one another. one method is to sponsor face-to-face events, such as knowledge fairs, training sessions, and other activities designed to introduce individuals with each other and the work they are currently involved

 

http://www.research.ibm.com/journal/sj/404/gongla.html
evolving communities of practice: ibm global services experience
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stage community was able to weather a major organization change with the community not only intact but seemingly even stronger. the ability to align the community to the changing business direction, while maintaining its unique identity, demonstrated the ability of members of a community to pool knowledge and work together to address business issues—characteristics of a community in the active stage. the same community was able to assimilate new members from a firm acquired by ibm. another community was able to support a rapid expansion of the practices that used their domain of knowledge. they were all able to establish alliances with other knowledge network communities in related competencies. they invited other communities to participate in their “sharenets.” they coached other evolving knowledge network community core

 

http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/~vanhouse/situated.html
submitted to jasis social informatics -- the situated nature of information
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that affect practice; people s work practices affect how technology is designed and used. learning is integral to situated activity (chaiklin and lave, 1993). learning is not simply the acquisition of a body of knowledge, but an on-going process that affects the individual, the community, the practice, and the knowledge. newcomers learn by participating in practice. the learner, the "master" or teacher, the community, the practice, and the shared understanding are all affected by the process of learning. the community of practice is perpetuated and transformed by the learning process. communities an important context for practice, learning, and the creation of meaning is the community of practice, the community engaged in shared practices, a "set of relations among persons, action, and world over time" (lave and wenger, 1991). communities of

http://www.sol-ne.org/res/wp/learning_sys.html
understanding organizations as learning systems
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investment funds group and themarketing groups. at electricite de france, we observed and interviewedemployees in the nuclear power operations. at fiat, we observed and interviewed employees in thedirezione technica (engineering division) in torino, italy. a. strauss, qualitative analysis for social scientists (cambridge: cambridge university press, 1987). for a discussion of "communities of practice" see: j.s. brownand p. puguid, "organizational learning and communities of practice,organization science 2 (1991): 40-57. argyris and schön (1978). w.h. schmidt and j.p. finnegan, the race without a finish line: america s quest for total quality (san francisco: jossey-bass,1992). for the idea of the factory as a learning laboratory, see: d. leonard-barton,"the factory as a learning laboratory," sloan management


 http://www.strategicinitiatives.com/projects/creating/create.html
creating learning communities and communities of practice
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in developing communities that use technology to maintain perpetual interactivity. we have successfully built and maintained such communities of reflective practitioners in colleges and universities professional societies and trade associations, corporate settings. in the knowledge age, this capacity will be a core competency of successful organizations. replacing governance with communities of practice -- american health information management association -- 1999 e-business based on communities of practice -- museum store association -- 1999 member interactivity-based community of practice -- calcpa -- 1997-1999 learning-based community of practice -- major research university -- 1999 publications-driven community of practice -- major medical association -- 1999 e-commerce based community of practice -- retail sales asociation –

 

http://www.systemsthinking.com/cop.html
communities of practice
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communities of practice change education practices government matters information_systems leadership management software practices systems thinking about us advertising bookstores contact us conversazione™ legal notice newsletter privacy policy site map thinking papers™ what s new fastcounter by bcentral this catalog contains resources about communities of practice. you willalso want to see our organizational learningcatalog.books communities of practice: learning, meaning, and identity (wegner) ecologies of knowledge: work and politics in science and technology (star) generalist practice with organizations and communities (kirst-ashman hull) placemaking: the art and practice of building communities (schneekloth shibley) situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation (lave wenger) talking about machines: an

 

 

http://www.tappedin.org/info/papers/evol99/
evolution of online community
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flow of discourse and collaboration that is characteristic of professional practice (hardin & ziebarth, 1996; schlager & schank, 1997; cothrel & williams, 1999; murray, 1999). it is not that web sites or discussion boards are inappropriate or unnecessary; they are simply insufficient to achieve the desired objectives of ongoing professional discourse - a listserv or newsgroup, no matter how well-trafficked, is not a community of practice. ti, too, suffers from technological gaps and limitations, and we are working hard to integrate new capabilities into the environment (see schank, fenton, schlager, & fusco, in press). however, we believe that lack of an appropriate technological infrastructure is only part of the problem. the more severe problems stem from a lack of understanding of how to employ on-line technology to achieve tpd

 

http://www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/mayjun00/commprac.htm
communities of practice
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author of an influential book on learning organizations, "communities of practice develop around things that matter to people. as a result, their practices reflect the members own understanding of what is important. obviously, outside constraints or directives can influence this understanding, but even then, members develop practices that are their own response to these external influences. even when a community s actions conform to an external mandate, it is the community — not the mandate — that produces the practice." to help communities of practice grow and flourish, fhwa is providing models — the well-established rumble strips community is a prime example — and technical support for communities of practice. web-enabled software can offer online discussion, both real-time and asynchronous; document sharing and storage;

 

http://www.tfriend.com/cop-lit.htm
overview: community of practice literature
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mailing lists but whose answers can the information seeker trust? for professional knowledge workers trust tends to be based on demonstrated competence. while outside certification and reputation help, nothing succeeds more than demonstrated competence. building such trust takes contact, communication, time, and certification from others you trust (from your local community of practice, for example) that the individual giving the answer comes from a sound background with demonstrated competence. because of the public and shared communication of written messages on a listserv, others can quickly and easily comment on and add to any given answer. even without face-to-face contact, regular readers of a listserv will come to judge the competence of frequent contributors by the perceived reasonableness of their answers and by

 

 

http://www.tcm.com/trdev/morecops.htm
search results for communities of practice
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huberman and tad hogg. a detailed model of collaboration in communities of practice and we examine its dynamical consequences for the group as a whole. full text of study downloadable as postscript file. found by: open directory project, fast search (alltheweb.com), lycos, netscape netcenter http://www.parc.xerox.com/istl/groups/iea/www/communities.html | 84% | translate knowledge alliances communities of practice knowledge exchange. driving sales, service and innovation through communities of practice. found by: open directory project, fast search (alltheweb.com), lycos, netscape netcenter http://www.best-in-class.com/research/communities/index.html | 82% | translate communities of practice communities of practice (cop s) have been around since, at least, the age of the european guilds. in fact, some of the

 

http://www.xpresspress.com/news/tomoye_071101.html
tomoye introduces knowledge sharing platform for communities of practice-- simplify already in use at world bank, united nations and other leading international organizations
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tomoye s president and ceo. "knowledge intensive organizations looking to optimize their productivity now have a compelling alternative to expensive and time-consuming custom solutions." about simplify: simplify lets managers at the hub of knowledge networks rapidly create collaborative environments that connect and engage. information sharing, meaningful knowledge accumulation and distribution are radically simplified. architected for communities of practice and knowledge networks simplify was first developed for one of the world s largest international ngos (non-governmental organization) to address the specific needs of 15,000 researchers and policy makers from around the world. it unifies previously disjoint communication and collaboration efforts in an integrated, engaging knowledge management environment that is easy to use and