Communities of Practice (inbunden)
Inbunden (Hardback)
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2009 ed.
Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
Hara, Noriko (ed.)
10 Tables, black and white; 4 Illustrations, black and white; XII, 138 p. 4 illus.
236 x 157 x 13 mm
363 g
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Communities of Practice (inbunden)

Communities of Practice

Fostering Peer-to-Peer Learning and Informal Knowledge Sharing in the Work Place

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1.1 Introduction Each year corporations spend millions of dollars training and educating their - ployees. On average, these corporations spend approximately one thousand dollars 1 per employee each year. As businesses struggle to stay on the cutting-edge and to keep their employees educated and up-to-speed with professional trends as well as ever-changing information needs, it is easy to see why corporations are investing more time and money than ever in their efforts to support their employees' prof- sional development. During the Industrial Age, companies strove to control natural resources. The more resources they controlled, the greater their competitive edge in the mark- place. Senge (1993) refers to this kind of organization as resource-based. In the Information Age, companies must create, disseminate, and effectively use kno- edge within their organization in order to maintain their market share. Senge - scribes this kind of organization as knowledge-based. Given that knowledge-based organizations willcontinuetobeadrivingforcebehindtheeconomy, itisimperative that corporations support the knowledge and information needs of their workers.
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