Communities of Practice and Knowledge Management

Communitiesof Practice and Knowledge Management

Communitiesof Practice and Knowledge Management

Organizationscan best cultivate communities of practice by developing inclusiveorganizational visions, missions and objectives. Theemployee-centered missions have been found to be effective inmotivating employees to work together as a team in achieving theorganizational goals while implicitly meeting their careeraspirations (Krishnaveni&amp Sujatha, 2012, p. 27).This strategy of cultivating communities of practice is particularlyeffective for the organization since it builds on the tenets of whatwould constitute an ideal community of practice, that is, a group ofindividuals sharing a common goal, set of problems or interest in aprocess and are bound together by both individual and organizationalobjectives (Cercone,2014, p. 110).In an organizational setting with inclusive objectives, mission andvision, employees own the activities of the organization, shareknowledge and experience so as to achieve a binding goal. Idealcommunities of practice are formed through these mechanisms.

Organizationscan determine the kind of knowledge that gives them a competitiveglobal advantage and which does not by developing an informationsystem or an information technology strategy that evaluates knowledgeon the basis of the organization’s own strategies, objectives andcore competencies. The use of organizational information systems iskey in enhancing competitive strategies of organizations for itfacilitates a proactive knowledge management that is a key tenet ofcorporate game theory and strategic management such as quick andinformed decision-making (Whittington,2014, p. 89).Moreover, an organizational information system (IS) has a wideapplicability, for it is essentially a corporate data processingsystem conceived as the underlying functional element of the dailymundane tasks of an organization (Bolisani&amp Scarso, 2014, p. 379).


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