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Why focus on communities of practice?

This slide introduces the dimension of value creation that a key to the success of communities of practice.

Communities of practice succeed if they provide value to both their members and the organization. If they do not create value for the members, members will not participate and become engaged. If communities do not create value for the organization, it will be difficult to gain support, access to resources, or influence.

It is also useful to think about the value created by communities of practice in terms of both short-term and long-term effects. Communities of practice provide short-term value because they address immediate challenges and issues. But they do this in the continuity of a community and over time develop a practice that becomes a long-term capability for members and for the organization.