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  • John D. Smith
    From the APQC zine: APQC CenterView - Issue 46, Oct. 2001 ................................................. 1. Building and Sustaining Communities of Practice
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 15, 2001
      From the APQC 'zine: APQC CenterView - Issue 46, Oct. 2001

      .................................................
      1. Building and Sustaining Communities of Practice
      .................................................

      People have formed communities based on common interests,
      concerns, and needs since the early days of humankind.
      Although times have changed, the need for communities has
      not.

      Throughout many organizations today, formal communities of
      practice (CoPs) have emerged as prominent, boundary-spanning
      units responsible for finding and sharing best practices,
      stewarding knowledge, and helping people work better. These
      new roles are developing because communities of practice
      often are best equipped to harness the raw material of a new
      era: knowledge.

      At APQC's most recent knowledge management conference,
      Next-Generation Knowledge Management: Enabling Business
      Processes, APQC KM leaders Cindy Hubert, Bob Newhouse, and
      Wesley Vestal discussed the topic of building and sustaining
      effective CoPs. To understand communities' nature, their
      role, and how to create and successfully sustain them, read
      the proceedings article from this session at
      http://www.apqc.org/free/articles/cop. A proceedings
      publication featuring write-ups of conference presentations
      will be available in the coming weeks.

      APQC recently conducted a consortium benchmarking study to
      understand effective CoPs. The study's findings are
      available in a Best-Practice Report, Building and Sustaining
      Communities of Practice: Continuing Success in Knowledge
      Management. This report includes an executive summary,
      detailed findings supported by quantitative and qualitative
      data, and organization-specific case studies. This
      Best-Practice Report is available to APQC members for $295
      and to nonmembers for $495. Download the free executive
      summary and/or order this report at
      http://www.apqc.org/pubs/cop.

      John

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