Community of practice
This is a form of an expanded collaboration or cooperation in the enterprise.
The idea of communities of practice is to strengthen contacts between the people pursuing the same or similar tasks in the organization, so as to they can be exchanged knowledge and experience on methods for implementation and solutions to emerging problems, etc.
In the area of knowledge management communities of practice role is to support the sharing of knowledge, knowledge creation and learning. The role of information systems in this case is only to ensure efficient communication between members of the community through different types of mailing lists or intranet Web pages.
Effects of application
This form of organization is not used for strategic management, unless as a inter-organizational community (discussion club, eg. BCC in Poland)
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Author: Krzysztof Wozniak