Often called ‘the future of organisational design,’ Communities of Practice (CoP) are self-governing groups of people who interact regularly to learn becoming better practitioners while solving business problems. They create value for their members and stakeholders through developing and spreading new knowledge, productive capabilities and fostering innovation.That’s why community-based approaches are gaining momentum in the private and public sectors, as well as in civil society.
Communities of practice are where the deep knowledge of any professional domain can be found. When properly supported by the right social, knowledge and tecnology infrastructures, it’s easy to find it; you just go to the community’s online home, search their knowledge base, and find the needed piece of content or contact with experienced members.
Practices worth replicating can travel as fast as posting a video on the company’s Communities portal. Innovative, emergent ideas and practices can catch the attention of all colleagues who can benefit from it, within minutes. What will the web-enabled blossoming of co-creativity in social, business, learning, and technical innovation, make possible? We are here to help you discover that.
See what are the Needs, Drivers and Strategic Benefits of commnunities of practice.
Some of our CoP-related projects
- Year-long CoP pilot for developing a regional knowledge and innovation ecosystem in in Spain (2013)
- Training course on “Facilitating Knowledge Networks and Communities of Practice” as part of the educational offers of the European Commission to its staff (2007-2009)
- Advising leaders in the European Commission on CoP development strategies (2006-2009)
- Training CoP leaders in Ford Motor Company on how to cultivate CoPs (2005)
- Designing and organising an international executive seminar at LSE on “Communities of Practice and Community-Enabled Strategic Results from Self-Organisation” (2004)
- Designing and organising an international executive seminar at INSEAD on Value Creation with Communities of Practice (2002)
- Co-designing and co-teaching of the first online course on Communities of Practice, with Etienne Wenger (1998)
- “Building Communities through Non-Management” a month-long online workshop for facilitators of communities of practice in a Fortune 500 communications hardware company (1997)