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Peeling the potatoes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 6, 2004
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Denham Grey draws attention to Etienne Wenger’s idea that communities of practice can form the centre piece of a knowledge strategy. And then makes the observation: What I found missing here is the community level practices to grow knowledge – think patterns, ontologies, distinctions, concept mapping, collaborative writing, knowledge mapping and beyond One of the […]

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Abstract – Community variety from a complexity perspective

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 2, 2004
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Hi Nancy, thanks for your comment. Here is the abstract for the paper. A new framework for communities of practice is required to unite the disjointed approaches currently employed to understand this organisational form. This paper proposes a framework based on complexity theory and applies a model developed by Axelrod and Cohen. A set of […]

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Communities and the role of variety

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 26, 2004
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I just heard today that a chapter Trish Milne and I wrote has been published. The book is called Human Perspectives in the Internet Society and our chapter is entitles ‘ActKM: Variety in a Community of Practice from a Complexity Perspective’.

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Communities and Social Networks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 26, 2004
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Matt Moore made a good comment in response to my last blog entry I have recently been trying to link the thinking on Small World Networks http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/June98/smallworld.bs.html to communities. If you see communities of interest as social networks consisting of tight clusters and loose links then you need to apply different strategies to grow the […]

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Mapping Communities

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 24, 2004
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It is difficult to build a community of practice from scratch. In fact, the construction metaphor of ‘building’ a community is inappropriate. Rather, it is important to ‘foster’ communities–and the first step is to find the communities that already exist in your organisation. There are many places to search for evidence of existing communities. Like […]

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