ORG3100 Cultivating Communities of Practice

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Karen Hatley

Course Description:

Communities of Practice (CoP) as defined by Wenger are “groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” Students in this course will move beyond rudimentary knowledge CoPs to discover how to cultivate and manage knowledge networks.

How This Course Benefits Students:

As the world becomes progressively more complex, the proliferation of Communities of Practice (CoP) will increase among corporations, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and educational institutions. Students from any discipline must become familiar with the questions, issues, and options involved in cultivating and managing CoPs.

Why This Course Is Important:

Communities of Practice (CoP) have increased in importance. Interorganizational collaboration is important in today’s context. CoPs provide a model for connecting people in the spirit of learning, knowledge sharing, and collaboration as well as individual, group, and organizational development.