Cultivating Communities Of Practice By Etienne Wenger, Richard Mcdermott, And William M. Snyder

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Vitaliy Greben

Wenger, Etienne, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder. 2002. Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

INTRODUCTION In Cultivating Communities of Practice, Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder write about the way of sharing and applying knowledge across the usual boundaries of organizations. They call it communities of practice, which come together around particular interests and ideas. This book identifies practical principles for starting and developing these communities; it describes their goals and structural elements, illustrates their value to organizations and provides with practical guidance for community design.

1. According to the authors of the book, what value do communities of practice provide to organizations?
• Rationale: It is challenging for today’s organizations to have a systematic and intentional approach of managing knowledge, because “the increasing complexity of knowledge requires greater specialization and collaboration”, and it is “difficult to keep up with the rapid pace of change” (6). Wenger, McDermott, and Snyder illustrate that communities of practice are a key to success in a global knowledge economy. They provide for sharing knowledge across the globe, create a baseline of knowledge in a particular field, and assist with managing information overload. Moreover, these communities help with retaining…

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