Handbook of Research on Communities of Practice for Organizational Management and Networking: Methodologies for Competitive Advantage

Handbook of Research on Communities of Practice for Organizational Management and Networking: Methodologies for Competitive Advantage

Olga Rivera Hernáez (University of Deusto, Spain) and Eduardo Bueno Campos (University of Madrid, Spain)
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Release Date: April, 2011|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 540
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-802-4
ISBN13: 9781605668024|ISBN10: 1605668028|EISBN13: 9781605668031
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Description:

Communities of practice have become increasingly influential within management literature and practice since being identified as an important mechanism through which individual, organizational, and social knowledge is held, transferred, and created.

The Handbook of Research on Communities of Practice for Organizational Management and Networking: Methodologies for Competitive Advantage provides a sound understanding of the managerial implications of communities of practice as well as their opportunities and limits for knowledge management. A defining body of research, this collection of international findings fosters innovation within management and assists organizations in the improvement of performance.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Basis model knowledge management
  • Business performance evaluation
  • Communities of practice as work teams
  • Critical success factors for communities of practice
  • Cross boundary learning trajectories
  • Evolution of communal practice
  • People-focused knowledge sharing initiatives
  • Power Dynamics
  • Practice as organizational structures
  • Virtual Communities of Practice
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The individual chapters in this collection are well written and wide-ranging. The book provides a clear and detailed table of contents; there is also a brief summary of chapters. [...] "All these details make the collection equally valuable for academics, industry-related researchers and mangers needing to explore Communities of Practice."

– Professor Ana Maria Ramalho Correia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Online Information Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2012

Emphasizing the managerial approach to communities of practice and the benefits, the volume defines communities of practice and illustrates the differences and similarities with other organizational forms, and how these can be used, through case studies and guidelines. A detailed table of contents, in-depth index, and compilation of references make this work useful again and again as a resource.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual, Volume 43

This book explains very important aspects of the relevance and representativeness of the state of investigation into the concept of CoPs and their degree of acceptance and the creation of a theoretical reference frame in contemporary society and economy. This relevance becomes clear on examining the wide variety of subject areas in the contents of the twenty-five chapters in this study, organized into five sections, each with its own area of interest, used to explain the practical and theoretical reach of CoPs. With regard to this, relevance can be demonstrated by the large numbers of case studies and CoP implementations in very different types of organizations and contexts; this diversity is dealt with in many chapters, from perspectives that are in favour of CoPs, in terms of various different processes of working, learning and innovating, for which knowledge sharing is used to create value, with the dissemination of knowledge inside and outside the organization, in other words, through external or internal CoPs, in the networking processes which are characteristic of contemporary society.

– Olga Rivera Hernáez, University of Deusto, Spain; and Eduardo Bueno Campos, University of Madrid, Spain
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Olga Rivera, PhD, is a Professor in Organization and Business Policy and Head of the team on Innovation and Knowledge Management at the University of Deusto (San Sebastian). Professor Rivera has worked on Clusters, Learning Organizations and Learning Networks, focusing in these last years on the interaction between Knowledge Sharing and Innovation Capability. Nowadays she has been nominated as Vice Minister of Health Innovation by the Basque Government, and she is devoted to the modernization, improvement and sustainability of the Basque Public Health System. She received her Business Bachelor Degree from the University of Deusto and her PhD from the University of Madrid. Professor Rivera has published many articles in the area of organizational learning and knowledge management.
Eduardo Bueno-Campos. Professor of Business Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Head of the University Institute for Research (IADE) and Managing Director for Innovation of the Scientific Park of Madrid. Prof. Bueno is one of the most important Spanish authors within the field of Business Organization, especially in the field regarding Strategic Management and its approach based on knowledge, and has many research publications and projects with public and private organizations.
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