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Liberating the Innovation Value of Communities of Practice
Innovation means, fundamentally, being responsive to life, to its quickening changes. It is a creative act, by which we generate new value, capabilities, and potential. Innovation is not only one of our human faculties but also the one that made us human. It is so fundamental to the existence of our species that our very capability to evolve depends on it. The faculty to innovate and make life better is present in every human. That is, it is there if doesn’t get killed by the frequently uniformizing and numbing conditions of life in modern organizations.

[Excerpt from”Liberating the Innovation Value of Communities of Practice” by George Pór in collaboration with Erik van Bekkum, that will be published in 2004 in a book on “Emerging Principles, Practices and Policies of Knowledge Economics.”]

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Your say: Developing strategic CoPs
As communities of practice continue to grow in popularity, companies are examining how they can be aligned to corporate goals. Sandra Higgison speaks to leading experts including Erik van Bekkum, Richard McDermott and Patti Anklam in the field to discover what steps must be taken and pitfalls avoided to achieve successful results. [January 2004 – ARK KM Magazine]

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Presentation of VC2004: “Stories from the Oil and Gas business for Rio Tinto”
This presentation was given by Erik van Bekkum on the Virtual Communities conference in The Hague in the context of the communities of practice work at Rio Tinto mining, with a focus on a special phase of the project: right before the launch of the ECF. [13 June 2004]

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1000 times Yahoo! com-prac: Interview with John Smith in “It’s like a steady little trickle”
“In summer 2000, it seemed that the whole conversation on com-prac was going to die off. So what I did was post some ridiculous message about CoPs and plumbing systems — a message aimed at irritating readers and provoking strong reactions. And it worked: I got several messages back telling me how stupid the analogy was – and I knew that com-prac was alive! These days when com-prac goes silent for a week, I never worry because something will eventually come up to keep the conversation going.” – John Smith [May 2004]

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Presentation of VC2003: “reducing obstacles to radical innovation” (ECCOP)
This presentation was given by Erik van Bekkum and George Pór on the Virtual Communities conference in London in the context of the ECCOP work. [June 2003]

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Executive summary on action research for radical innovation (ECCOP)
Executive Summary of the action research initiative from ECCOP on “Reducing obstacles to (radical) innovation with communities of practice” [June 2003]

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Philips Semiconductor community case (CP Week)
Presentation about the Philips Business Course community of practice as presented during CP Week (Santa Cruz). [May 2003]

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The role of virtual collaboration towards information in a Knowledge Architecture
“In general, knowledge strategy is composed of three major components which each play a vital role in the success of organizational knowledge management…” [March 2003]

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Communities of Practice in the Mining Industry
Presentation about how to use communities of practice in the typical ‘siloed’ mining industry. [November 2002]

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Measuring value in Communities of Practice
“When working with a sponsor before starting a community of practice in the corporate environment, it is imperative to set the expectations right on what can be considered a successful venture. The three parties…” [July 2002]

English (126 kB) – Español (126 kB)

Using collaboration during merger and acquisition
“In the case that two organizations become one through merger or acquisition, collaboration through working communities or team working can make a significant change. Collaboration can drive the common knowledge of the new organization to be larger than the sum of the two original ones…” [May 2002]

English (150 kB) – Español (149 kB)


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