Who Values Your Knowledge? Why Communities of Practice and Knowledge-Sharing Need Each Other

  • Steve Glovinsky
Keywords: knowledge management, knowledge, Communities of Practice, Professional Associations


While much discussion has taken place on the virtues of knowledge-sharing, and on the concept of Communities of Practice as social organizations, little has been written on the synergistic relationship between the two. Hence the recent initiative to promote a “knowledge-sharing society” on the one hand, while on the other this KM4Dev issue addresses the theme of “Communities of Practice – a relic of the past or sign of the future?” This thought-piece presents an argument for the latter prognosis for Communities of Practice, based on the premise that knowledge-sharing succeeds only if it is done within a CoP.