Communities of Practice at British Petroleum
Communities of practice is a term used to define voluntary bodies comprised of
people sharing a common vision and passion. Most importantly, such communities meet and
share ideas on their common vision. As such, people in communities of practice engage in
social learning as they seek to perfect their areas of passion (
Jamieson & Shaw)
Communities of practice (CoPs) focus on putting people within a specific community first,
depending on the CoPs definition of the community.
British petroleum (now referred to as BP) is a renowned multinational gas corporation
whose headquarters are in London. CoPs involves excellent management of management. In
this light, British Petroleum has been at the fore-front to manage knowledge within the
organisation as a way of ensuring best-practices as well as ensure a competitive advantage
Under the leadership of Lord Browne in the early '90s, and the practice
has been a cornerstone for the success of the corporation to what it has achieved.
To ensure the best CoPs, BP ensures that any information shared with its workers is
validated and that only best practices are developed. Technical experts sieve through the
information submitted through the intranet to determine suitability to the location as well as
how effective it would be in other regions. BP promotes various incentives to encourage
people to share knowledge. CoPs at British petroleum are hinged on the quality of knowledge
shared, and compensation rates are reminiscent of the same.
Compensation is critical for the success of the culture of knowledge sharing at this
multinational organisation. However, safety aspects and factors of human life are exempted
from this compensation policy as they are considered critical factors. Any other lesson