Book Review by Gabriel Sim
We have heard how much “Communities of Practice” will revolutionize learning in an organization by helping to unlock tacit knowledge. While it is very easy to understand the theory behind CoPs, implementing the concept can be very challenging.
In this key reference book, Cultivating Communities of Practice, by Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder, provides a crystallized perspective by submitting a structural model for the CoP’s based on the experiences culled from the World Bank, Shell Oil and McKinsey & Co. The authors also illustrate design principles to help readers understand and cultivate CoPs in their own organizations.