Communities of Practice LO27015

From: Fred Nickols (
Date: 07/17/01

Replying to LO26975 --

Dear Mr. French:

I'm an old Navyman (a "Chief") and I think I can answer your question.
I'm confident others can and will, too.

Organizations don't learn, people do. Much of the learning that people do
in formal organizations is done in informal, primarily social
organizations known as "communities of practice" (CoPs). Much of what is
learned there contributes greatly to improved performance -- of people and
of the processes they operate. If the leaders of organizations can learn
to harness the power of CoPs, they will greatly increase the productivity
and the performance of people, processes and thus of the organization.
It really is that simple and straightforward. Implementation, however, is
an altogether different matter.

Fred Nickols
"Assistance at a Distance"
FTGC, USN (retired)

At 12:05 AM 07/13/2001 -0400, you wrote:

>Can someone explain to me how Organizational Learning is related to a
>community of practice....

Fred Nickols
The Distance Consulting Company
"Assistance at A Distance"
(609) 490-0095


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