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  • John D. Smith
    This just in from Tony Barett, I expect to see many excellent submissions from com-prac folks! John * * John D. Smith - John.Smith@LearningAlliances.net V:
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      This just in from Tony Barett,

      I expect to see many excellent submissions from com-prac folks!

      John
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      * John D. Smith - John.Smith@... V: 503.963.8229
      * "To build an apple pie from scratch you must first create the Universe." -
      Carl Sagan


      Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 8:26 AM
      To: ISWORLD Information Systems World Network
      Subject: [isworld] cfp Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in
      Information and Knowledge Management


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      Call for Short Articles for
      Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge
      Management Elayne Coakes & Steve Clarke Information technology is one of the
      most rapidly changing disciplines. New technologies and concepts are being
      developed and new ways of utilizing older and new technologies are being
      constantly developed. In such an ever-evolving environment, teachers,
      researchers and professionals of the discipline need access to the most
      current information about the concepts, issues, trends and technologies in
      this emerging field.

      The Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge
      Management will provide a compendium of terms, definitions and explanations
      of concepts, processes and acronyms. Additionally, this volume will feature
      short articles (1,500-3,500 words) authored by leading experts offering an
      in-depth description of key terms and concepts related to different areas,
      issues and trends in information science and technologies in modern
      organizations worldwide.

      Editorial Advisory Board:
      Dr Fei Gao, JAIST, Japan
      Professor John Edwards (Aston University)
      Professor Brian Lehaney (Coventry University)

      Invited Submissions: for individuals interested in submitting short articles
      (1,500-3,500 words), on suggested topics as shown below. Initially, you are
      invited to submit a proposal of no more than 500 words (more than one
      proposal may be submitted). Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have
      two months to prepare your article and 7-10 related terms and their
      appropriate definitions. Guidelines for preparing your short piece and
      terms and definitions as well as a sample article and terms and definitions
      are available
      on:
      HYPERLINK http://users.wmin.ac.uk/~coakese/cop_encyclopaedia.htm
      http://users.wmin.ac.uk/~coakese/cop_encyclopaedia.htm


      Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management The coverage
      of this Encyclopaedia includes all issues concerned with the overarching
      idea of "Communities of Practice" within the domain. These range from
      general factors governing social interaction, to team work within
      organisations, always with an Information/Knowledge Management (IM) theme.
      It is anticipated that the Encyclopaedia will be "layered", beginning at a
      generic and working towards more specific levels and issues. So, for
      example, at the "top" level might be issues related to social philosophy and
      its relevance to IM, and at the "bottom", team working in a specific
      organisational context.

      The topics below are the areas we would especially like to see covered .
      Communities of Practice
      1. The strategic advantages of CoPs
      2. Developing organisational strategies for CoPs
      3. Role of CoPs within complexity (of the business environment)
      4. Organisational change elements of establishing, facilitating and
      supporting
      CoPs
      5. CoPs and organisational development - ethics and values?
      6. Using communities to support political action (charitable
      organisations)
      7. CoPs for cross-functional working
      8. Using CoPs for organisational learning
      9. CoPs and the development of core competencies
      10. CoPs and the development of best practices
      11. Formal CoPs - using rules and how to run effectively
      12. Leadership issues within CoPs
      13. Reward systems and formal CoPs
      14. Collective learning within CoPs
      15. CoPs and their life-cycle
      16. How are social and community links captured and supported in CoPs?
      17. Relationship of CoPs to the organisation - legitimate or otherwise
      and
      its implication
      18. Social / Intellectual capital in CoPs
      19. Reward systems and informal CoPs
      20. Nurturing CoPs
      21. Story-telling and conversation within CoPs - knowledge transfer?
      22. Narrative Inquiry and CoPs
      23. Language (and symbol) development in CoPs

      CoPs and Virtual Team Working
      1. Distinguishing between work groups, teams, knowledge networks and
      communities
      2. Vortals - (communities operating via an electronic network rather
      than in
      contiguous space- Hyman (2001) employs the term Vortal which would include
      a "shared domain language and knowledge".)
      3. Team-work issues in virtual teams

      CoPs and Knowledge Management Related topics could also include:
      1. Knowledge working.
      2. Knowledge management infrastructure
      3. KM frameworks
      4. KM methodologies
      5. The meaning of knowledge.
      6. Intellectual capital
      7. KM research

      CoPs and Enabling Technologies
      1. Where does knowledge management software fit? What functions does
      it
      require to realise the knowledge transfer in CoPs?

      The Philosophy and Theory of CoPs/KM
      1. What organisational development theory can contribute to our
      understanding of
      CoPs
      2. What sociotechnical theory can contribute to our understanding of
      CoPs
      3. Social aspects and issues in virtual communities
      4. Psychological aspects and issues of CoPs
      5. Psychological aspects and issues in virtual communities

      Note: if you have a proposal that does not fit into the categories above but
      is, in your opinion, related to the subject matter of this book, then do
      please submit under your own category.

      Important Dates:
      April 15th 2004: proposals submission
      May 15th authors notified of acceptance of proposal
      July 15th chapters due



      Elayne Coakes (Dr)
      Senior Lecturer in Business Information Management
      Westminster Business School

      +44(0)207 911 5000 x3338
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