Communities of Practice ( CoP )

February 15, 2007

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We’ve all heard the term, but what exactly is it? and how does it benefit us more importantly. In simple terms a CoP is “A channel fo knowledge to flow and a means to strenghten the social fabric in an organization.

A lot of people, corporates included, are under the illusion that creating a large repository of information would automatically result in people gravitating to this information base on a regular basis. Nothing could be further from the truth, and having recieved my dose of this let me tell you its a sure way to take the wind out of your sails.

You need to build a cross-organizational platform to enable information sharing, CoP’s MUST be tied to the natural workflow and organization structures or they will fade away. This is the first step required to create a successful CoP. Will highlight indivdual areas that can be used to develop and sustain CoP’s in future posts.