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Communities of Practice: Going One Step Too Far?

Chris Kimble

Kedge Business School

Paul M. Hildreth

K-Now International


9e colloque de l'AIM, (May), Evry, France, 2004.

In the late 1990s, Knowledge Management (KM) and Communities of Practice (CoPs) seemed inseparable. CoPs appeared to offer the key to reversing the failure of some of the earlier technologically based attempts to manage knowledge. However, the original CoP concept was built around a very different set of principles to those put forward by the proponents of KM. This paper presents a critical review of some of the claims made for CoPs. It will address questions such as Are CoPs really suitable for use in a business setting? and Can a CoP ever be truly virtual?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Communities of Practice, Knowledge Management, Business Environment, Virtual Environment, Social Networks

JEL Classification: M12, M54, O33, O34

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Date posted: December 24, 2004 ; Last revised: August 30, 2015

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Kimble, Chris and Hildreth, Paul M., Communities of Practice: Going One Step Too Far? (2004). 9e colloque de l'AIM, (May), Evry, France, 2004.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=634642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.634642

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Paul M. Hildreth
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