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

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  • Valérie Chanal

    () (Pacte, Laboratoire de sciences sociales - UPMF - Université Pierre Mendès France - Grenoble 2 - UJF - Université Joseph Fourier - Grenoble 1 - IEPG - Sciences Po Grenoble - Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UGA - Université Grenoble Alpes)

  • Chris Kimble

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

Abstract

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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  • Valérie Chanal & Chris Kimble, 2010. "Born to be Wild: Using Communities of Practice as a Tool for Knowledge Management," Post-Print halshs-00483133, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00483133
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    Communities of Practice; Knowledge Management; Communautés de pratique; management des connaissances;

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