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Unformatted text preview: MIS 417: Selected Topics in MIS Chapter 5: Knowledge Sharing and Communities of Practice 1 What is a Community of Practice (CoP)? ¡ Traditionally, we have shared knowledge through ‘word of mouth’ (e.g. master to apprentice) ¡ While socializing comes ‘naturally’ to us, there are fewer opportunities in today’s much larger, much more global companies It was easy to do in the past: coffee/smoker cliques, water cooler conversations….. 2 What is a Community of Practice (CoP)? ¡ Definition of “Community” ¢ “A group of people having common interests: the scientific community, the international business community” ¢ Similarity or identity: a community of interests ¢ Sharing, participation, fellowship American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3 rd Ed. 1996. 3 Community Definition (continued) ¡ “The body of people in a learned occupation: “the news spread rapidly through the medical community” ¢ Common interests ¢ Agreement as to goals Merriam-Webster Dictionary 4 Community Definition (continued) ¡ The word has been in the English language since the 14 th century ¢ Comes from the Latin ¢ “The quality of holding something in common” ¢ A sense of common identity and characteristics ¢ More direct, more immediate and more significant relationships than in formal organized societies ¢ Sharing of common goals, values, identities; participatory decision-making 5...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2011 for the course MIS 417 taught by Professor Dr.alammary during the Spring '11 term at Al Ahliyya Amman University.

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KM-Ch5 - MIS 417: Selected Topics in MIS Chapter 5:...

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