“Communities of Practice are formed by groups of people who come together to learn from one another face-to-face and virtually. This article explores how to design and sustain these communities effectively within organizations.
Community is not a new concept – it is a natural part of human behaviour to socialise and work with others. Yet communities of practice have only gained significant management attention over the past decade, with a flurry of activity as recently as the past three years. Much of this attention has been by large corporations seeking to find new ways to drawn on expertise dispersed across global operations so that they can respond ever more quickly to the demands of customers and the pace of change of technology.”
Christine van Winkelen, elearningeuropa.info, 20 Mai 2003