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Cultivating Communities of Practice : A Guide to Managing Knowledge

Cultivating Communities of Practice : A Guide to Managing Knowledge - 02 edition

Cultivating Communities of Practice : A Guide to Managing Knowledge - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9781578513307

ISBN10: 1578513308

Cultivating Communities of Practice : A Guide to Managing Knowledge by Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott and William M. Snyder - ISBN 9781578513307
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Published: 2002
International: No
Cultivating Communities of Practice : A Guide to Managing Knowledge by Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott and William M. Snyder - ISBN 9781578513307

ISBN13: 9781578513307

ISBN10: 1578513308

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 02

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Summary

Today's economy is fueled by knowledge. Every leader knows this to be true, yet few have systematic methods for converting organizational knowledge into economic value. This book argues that communities of practice--groups of individuals formed around common interests and expertise--provide the ideal vehicle for driving knowledge-management strategies and building lasting competitive advantage. Written by leading experts in the field, Cultivating Communities of Practice is the first book to outline models and methods for systematically developing these essential groups. Through compelling research and company examples, including DaimlerChrysler, McKinsey & Company, Shell, and the World Bank, authors Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder show how world-class organizations have leveraged communities of practice to drive strategy, generate new business opportunities, solve problems, transfer best practices, develop employees' professional skills, and recruit and retain top talent. Underscoring the new central role communities of practice are playing in today's knowledge economy, Cultivating Communities of Practice is the definitive guide to fostering, designing, and developing these powerful groups within and across organizations.

Subjects Covered:
General management, Group behavior, Knowledge management, Knowledge transfer, Organization, Organizational behavior, Organizational behavior & leadership, Organizational change, Organizational development, Organizational learning.