CoP guidebook

Communities of practice

within and across organizations

a guidebook (2nd edition)

Etienne Wenger-Trayner, Beverly Wenger-Trayner, Phil Reid, Claude Bruderlein

a publication of the Social Learning Lab
Sesimbra, Portugal

From the back cover: 

What does it take to launch and sustain a community of practice initiative? This book helps guide individuals, teams, and organizations through the process.

It is for organizational leaders creating a conducive environment, community leaders launching and sustaining their communities, people in various roles facilitating meetings, activities, and the use of technology, and evaluators accounting for the value communities create.

It reflects the combined experiences of the authors in cultivating communities of practice within and across organizations.

Chapters: 

1. Why communities of practice

2. Setting the organizational context

3. The art of cultivating communities

4. Designing for social learning

10

26

64

132

5. Using technology

6. Assessing the value created

7. Epilog

8. Appendix – another story

186

208

224

228

Chapters: 

1. Why communities of practice 10

2. Setting the organizational context 26

3. The art of cultivating communities 64

4. Designing for social learning 132

5. Using technology 186

6. Assessing the value created 208

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