Communities of Practice: Fostering Peer-to-Peer Learning and Informal Knowledge Sharing in the Work Place - Information Science and Knowledge Management 13 (Hardback)Noriko Hara (author)
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Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 138
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 9 mm
Edition: 2009 ed.
For two decades or more managers and theorists have argued about the role of Communities of Practice (CoPs) in Knowledge Management: how and why do they work or not work? can or should they be managed? do they or do they not contribute to sustained learning? This lucid and compelling book clears up the mess. After setting the theoretic scene, Hara uses her considerable skill as a trained ethnographer to provide accounts of CoPs in action, observing and reporting on the work of both face-to-face and online communities. She shows how CoPs produce, sustain and develop cultural knowledge in a process of localized organizational learning that supports members through good times and bad. Hara is a talented writer: the extended accounts of work in Public Defender work in two different County Courts are compelling reading. Specialists and non-specialists alike can learn from this text: Hara's emphasis on identity and culture and her findings on the specific and varied effects of IT in Communities of Practice are important contributions to thinking about KM.
Napier University, Edinburgh
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