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Why communities of practice succeed and why they fail

I was just scanning through my H-drive looking for something and came across this document by Gilbert Probst and Stefano Borzillo.

It’s a few years old but has some great examples of why communities succeed or fail in organisations and has some really good examples and quote.

The headlines are

Communities of Practice succeed when you:

  1. Stick to strategic objectives
  2. Divide objectives into sub-topics
  3. Form governance committees with sponsors and COP leaders
  4. Have a sponsor and a COP leader who are ‘‘best practice control agents”
  5. Regularly feed the COP with external expertise
  6. Promote access to other intra- and interorganizational networks
  7. The COP leader must have a driver and promoter role
  8. Overcome hierarchy-related pressures
  9. Provide the sponsor with measurable performance
  10. Illustrate results for COP members

Communities of Practice fail when there is a:

  1. Lack of a core group
  2. Low level of one-to-one interaction between members
  3. Rigidity of competences
  4. Lack of identification with the COP
  5. Practice intangibility

If you would like to read more this link will download the full pdf http://tinyurl.com/6zw64t2

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