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Utilizing Communities of Practice to Facilitate Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age

Utilizing Communities of Practice to Facilitate Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age
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Author(s): Kijpokin Kasemsap (Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 27
Source title: Organizational Knowledge Facilitation through Communities of Practice in Emerging Markets
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sheryl Buckley (University of South Africa, South Africa), Grzegorz Majewski (University of the West of Scotland, UK) and Apostolos Giannakopoulos (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0013-1.ch011

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Abstract

This chapter explains the overview of knowledge sharing; the perspectives of knowledge sharing behavior; the barriers to knowledge sharing; the overview of communities of practice (CoPs); the relationships among CoPs, knowledge sharing, and information technology; and the utilization of CoPs to facilitate knowledge sharing in the digital age. CoPs can create the valuable opportunities for members to explicitly discuss the productivity of their participation in the group toward sharing knowledge in modern business. The strong CoPs facilitate the social interactions and encourage the members' willingness to share knowledge and ideas in the workplace. CoPs help promote a growing cycle of knowledge sharing activities that allow for the members to regularly meet, reflect, and evolve in the knowledge management (KM) environment. The chapter argues that utilizing CoPs to facilitate knowledge sharing has the potential to improve organizational performance and reach strategic goals in the digital age.

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