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Journal Issue
Volume 5 Issue 1, ECKM 2006 / Feb 2007  pp1‑130

Editor: Charles Despres

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Knowledge Cooperation in Online Communities: a Duality of Participation and Cultivation  pp1‑6

Marco C. Bettoni, Silvio Andenmatten, Ronny Mathieu

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Alternative Accounting to Manage Intellectual Capital  pp7‑18

György Boda, Peter Szlávik

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Successful Sharing of Project Knowledge: Initiation, Implementation and Institutionalisation  pp19‑28

Waltraud Grillitsch, Alexandra Müller-Stingl, Robert Neumann

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Knowledge Management in a Virtual Community of Practice using Discourse Analysis  pp29‑42

Khalid Hafeez, Fathalla Alghatas

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Knowledge Creation through University‑Industry Collaborative Research Projects  pp43‑54

Julie Hermansand Annick Castiaux

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Notions of Knowledge Management Systems: A Gap Analysis  pp55‑62

Aboubakr A. Moteleb, Mark Woodman

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The Power in Visualising Affects in the Organisational Learning Process  pp63‑72

Theresia Olsson Neve

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Organisational Knowledge Transfer: Turning Research into Action through a Learning History  pp73‑80

Robert Parent, Julie Béliveau

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Why do Managers from Different Firms Exchange Information? A Case Study from a Knowledge‑intensive Industry  pp81‑88

Mirva Peltoniemi

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Actors and Factors: Virtual Communities for Social Innovation  pp89‑96

Susan G. Restler, Diana D. Woolis

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Abstract

Virtual communities of practice (COPs) are fast becoming a basic work unit in a networked world. The relationship between COPs, Knowledge Management, and the Learning Organisation is a question of priority for social sector leaders, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners as they seek to establish ways to maintain relevance and effectiveness in the volatile environments in which they work (Thomas et al, 2005). When well executed, virtual COPs produce results because the knowledge is stewarded: organised for learning, poised for action, and planned for sustainability. In this paper, we document and analyse the actors and factors that, in our experience, contribute to success: Enlightened Leadership, Compelling Work, Appropriate Technology and Knowledge Sustainability. Over the last two years we have worked with new virtual COPs in both the public and non‑profit sectors. The outsized successes prove the power of this approach to work. The under‑performers help define the parameters for more effective implementations. Perhaps surprisingly, the critical success factors for a high‑performing virtual COP have absolutely nothing to do with technological aptitude. The two key determinants of community success harken back to Business Management 101: the strategic clarity and capacity for collaborative leadership in the organisation, and the specificity and practicality of the community mission. 

 

Keywords: Communities of Practice, Innovation, Knowledge Management, Virtual Communities, Non-profit Management, Public Administration

 

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Journalists, the Makers and Breakers of Relational Capital  pp97‑104

Joanna Sinclair

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Exploring Knowledge Processes in User‑Centred Design  pp105‑114

Kaisa Still

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Partaking as a Tool for Knowledge Creation and Sharing in Practice  pp115‑122

June Tolsby, Per Kirkebak

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Educational Ontology and Knowledge Testing  pp123‑130

Réka Vas

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