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Born to be Wild: Using Communities of Practice as a Tool for Knowledge Management

  • Valérie Chanal


    (PACTE - Politiques publiques, ACtion politique, TErritoires - CNRS - Grenoble 2 UPMF - Université Pierre Mendès France - IEPG - Sciences Po Grenoble - Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble - UJF - Université Joseph Fourier)

  • Chris Kimble

    (Euromed Marseille - École de management - Association Euromed Management - Marseille)

This paper looks at what happens when Communities of Practice are used as a tool for Knowledge Management. The original concept of a Community of Practice appears to have very little in common with the knowledge sharing communities found in Knowledge Management, which are based on a revised view of 'cultivated' communities. We examine the risks and benefits of cultivating Communities of Practice rather than leaving them 'in the wild'. The paper presents the findings from two years of research in a small microelectronics firm to provide some insights into the wild vs domesticated dichotomy and discusses the implications of attempting to tame Communities of Practice in this way.

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Date of creation: 14 Apr 2010
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Publication status: Published in Ethicomp, Apr 2010, Tarragona, Spain. Universitat Rovira i Virgili Publications, pp.71-80, 2010
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00483133
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