How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

<div class=”page-chapo”>Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise.</div>

The theory around communities of practice was developed by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave in the early 1990s. These groupings were observed to support business aims by harnessing knowledge and expertise. No wonder they were appreciated within organizations!

With the arrival in the workplace of millennials, otherwise known as “the Facebook generation” the concept of communities of practice has been given a rocket booster. Social networking tools like discussion forums, newsgroups and wikis were now being used to drive business performance. Suddenly, ad hoc communities of practice were transformed into engines for management reframing.

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