Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management, 1st Edition

  • Steve Clarke Luton Business School
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  • ISBN-10: 1591405580
  • ISBN-13: 9781591405580
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
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  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released December 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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In today's rapidly changing information science discipline, it is extremely important for researchers, educators, and policy makers to keep up with the latest research and practices of the utilization and sharing of information and knowledge management and their organizational and sociotechnical impacts.

Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management is the leading reference source for dynamic and innovative research in the field of communities of practice (CoPs) in information and knowledge management. With knowledge management work on the increase, this single volume encyclopedia provides a comprehensive, critical and descriptive examination of all facets of CoPs in information and knowledge management in societies and organizations. Hundreds of international researchers provide in-depth coverage of conceptual and practical issues as well as topics regarding learning, leadership, ethics, social, intellectual, rewards, and language challenges.

Key features include:

  • Numerous research contributions from leading scholars from all over the world on all aspects of communities of practice in information and knowledge management
  • Comprehensive coverage of each specific topic, highlighting recent and future trends and describing the latest advances
  • A compendium of more than 550 terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms written by eminent international experts
  • Over 1,950 comprehensive references on existing literature and research on communities of practice in information and knowledge management
  • Organized by titles and indexed by authors and topics, making it a convenient method of reference for readers
  • Cross referencing of key terms, figures and information pertinent to communities of practice in information and knowledge management

Originally published in print format in 2005.

Table of Contents

Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Advisory Board.
List of Contributors.
Contents by Category.
About the Editors.
1: An Adaptive Multi–Agent Environment.
2: Aspects and Issues of Communities of (Mal)practice.
3: Boundaries in Communities.
4: Building a Dynamic Model of Community Knowledge Sharing.
5: A Classification of Communities of Practice.
6: Collective Learning within CoPs.
7: Communities and Evaluation of E–Government Services.
8: Communities of Implementation.
9: Communities of Learners in Paleography and ICT.
10: Communities of Practice and Critical Social Theory.
11: Communities of Practice and Organizational Development for Ethics and Values.
12: Communities of Practice and Other Organizational Groups.
13: Communities of Practice and Technology Support.
14: Communities of Practice and the Development of Best Practices.
15: Communities of Practice as Facilitators of Knowledge Exchange.
16: Communities of Practice for Organisational Learning.
17: Community of Practice and the Special Language "Ground".
18: A Comparison of the Features of Some CoP Software.
19: The Concept of Communities of Practice.
20: Context Based Approach to Applying Virtual Reality.
21: The Contribution of Communities of Practice to Project Management.
22: Creating the Entrepreneurial University.
23: Creating Value with Regional Communities of SMEs.
24: Critical Success Factors for the Successful Introduction of an Intellectual Capital Management System.
25: Discovering Communities of Practice Through Social Network Analysis.
26: Discovering Implicit Knowledge from Data Warehouses.
27: Distinguishing Work Groups, Virtual Teams, and Electronic Networks of Practice.
28: Document Management, Organizational Memory, and Mobile Environment.
29: Economics Issues of Online Professional Communities.
30: Encouraging Research Through Communities of Practice.
31: Exploring the Role of Communities of Practice in Regional Innovation Systems.
32: Exploring the Selection of Technology for Enabling Communities.
33: Facilitating and Improving Organisational Community Life.
34: Facilitating Technology Transfer Among Engineering Community Members.
35: Formal Work Groups and Communities of Practice.
36: The Globalization Paradigm and Latin America's Digital Gap.
37: Hybrid Knowledge Networks Supporting the Collaborative Multidisciplinary Research.
38: Identifying Knowledge Flows in Communities of Practice.
39: The Impact of Communities of Practice.
40: Information Security as a Community of Practice.
41: Integrating Knowledge, Performance, and Learning Systems.
42: International Knowledge Transfer as a Challenge for Communities of Practice.
43: Inter–Organisational Knowledge Transfer Process Model.
44: IS Design for Community of Practice's Knowledge Challenge.
45: An IT Perspective on Supporting Communities of Practice.
46: Knowledge Communities, Communities of Practice, and Knowledge Networks.
47: Knowledge Exchange in Networks of Practice.
48: Knowledge Extraction and Sharing in External Communities of Practice.
49: Knowledge Management in Civil Infrastructure Systems.
50: Knowledge Management in Supply Chain Networks.
51: Knowledge Sharing Through Communities of Practice in the Voluntary Sector.
52: Knowledge Transfer Within Interorganizational Networks.
53: Leadership Issues in Communities of Practice.
54: Leadership Issues Within a Community of Practice.
55: Life Cycle of Communities of Practice.
56: The Limits of Communities of Practice.
57: Linking Communities of Practice and Project Teams in the Construction Industry.
58: Linking Organisational Culture and Communities of Practice.
59: Linking Small Business Networks with Innovation.
60: The Living Tradition of "Yaren Talks" as an Indigenous Community of Practice in Today's Knowledge Society.
61: Managing Complexity Via Communities of Practice.
62: Managing Intellectual Capital and Intellectual Property Within Software Development Communities of Practice.
63: Market of Resources as a Knowledge Management Enabler in VE.
64: Metaphors as Cognitive Devices in Communities of Practice.
65: Narrative Inquiry and Communities of Practice.
66: Networks of People as an Emerging Business Model.
67: Observed Patterns of Dysfunctional Collaboration in Virtual Teams.
68: Open Collectivism and Knowledge Communities in Japan.
69: Organisational Change Elements of Establishing, Facilitating, and Supporting CoPs.
70: Promoting Participation in Communities of Practice.
71: Psychoanalysis, Organisations, and Communities.
72: Psychologically Aware IT Workers.
73: Quality of Knowledge in Virtual Entities.
74: The Reformation of Communities of Practice.
75: The Role of Technology in Supporting Communities of Practice.
76: The Role of Trust in Virtual and Co–Located Communities of Practice.
77: Shaping Social Structure in Virtual Communities of Practice.
78: A Social Informatics Framework for Sustaining Virtual Communities of Practice.
79: Social Network Analysis and Communities of Practice.
80: Social Philosophy, Communities, and the Epistemic Shifts.
81: Social Resistance in Virtual Communities.
82: Sociotechnical Theory and Communities of Practice.
83: Strategic Objectives of CoPs and Organizational Learning.
84: Supporting Communities of Practice in the Electronic Commerce World.
85: Tacit Knowledge in Communities of Practice.
86: Tacit–Explicit and Specific–General Knowledge Interactions in CoPs.
87: Teamwork Issues in Virtual Teams.
88: Team–Work Issues in Virtual Teams.
89: Technical Issues Facing Work Groups, Teams, and Knowledge Networks.
90: Training and Articulating Public Agencies in Argentina.
91: Transfer of Information and Knowledge in the Project Management.
92: Trust in Virtual Teams.
93: Understanding Communities of Practice to Support Collaborative Research.
94: Use and Methods of Social Network Analysis in Knowledge Management.
95: Using Emerging Technologies for Effective Pedagogy in Management Education.
96: Virtual Role–Playing Communities, "Wold" and World.
97: Virtual Teaming.
98: Virtual Teams and Communities of Practice.
99: What Organisational Development Theory Can Contribute to Our Understanding of Communities of Practice.
100: Working and Learning in Interdisciplinary Project Communities.
Index of Key Terms.