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By Etienne Wenger

Brand new economic climate is fueled by way of wisdom. each chief is familiar with this to be precise, but few have systematic tools for changing organizational wisdom into fiscal worth. This publication argues that groups of practice--groups of people shaped round universal pursuits and expertise--provide the correct motor vehicle for using knowledge-management innovations and development lasting aggressive virtue. Written by means of prime specialists within the box, Cultivating groups of perform is the 1st e-book to stipulate versions and techniques for systematically constructing those crucial teams. via compelling study and corporate examples, together with DaimlerChrysler, McKinsey & corporation, Shell, and the area financial institution, authors Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder exhibit how world-class companies have leveraged groups of perform to force method, generate new company possibilities, clear up difficulties, move top practices, enhance staff' specialist talents, and recruit and keep best expertise. Underscoring the recent primary position groups of perform are enjoying in brand new wisdom economic system, Cultivating groups of perform is the definitive advisor to fostering, designing, and constructing those robust teams inside and throughout organisations.

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A domain is different from a task; it is not so much a specific achievement as a territory, an area of shared interest that the community explores. Members are connected by interdependent knowledge, not by interdependent subtasks. A community coordinator does not “lead” the community in the traditional sense, but brings people together and enables the community to find its direction. A community may undertake specific tasks and projects in the course of developing its practice. It may charter a team to establish a standard or to document a procedure.

Since then, the community has grown and has addressed many other problems. Today the call focuses on Maureen’s experiences installing the product for a major customer. Before diving in, however, the consultants spend the first ten minutes chatting about the recent reorganization of their division— 23 24 Cultivating Communities of Practice whether it is a good thing, what it means for them, and so on. Maureen hasn’t spent a lot of time preparing a formal presentation. She knows that only by talking directly and openly can she spur the back-and-forth that will make the call worthwhile for the group.

Providing some contrasts with other, more familiar structures will help elucidate what is distinctive about communities of practice as knowledge structures. ) Communities versus Business or Functional Units At the core of a business or functional unit is the responsibility for managing a business goal, such as serving a specific market segment, manufacturing a product, or fulfilling an administrative function. This responsibility includes allocating resources, managing business processes, and assigning formal roles, reporting relationships, and accountability for business outcomes.

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