Communities of practice : learning as a social system
Communities of Practices (CoPs) are groups of people who share a specific area of work, interest or passion, in a knowledge domain. CoPs share knowledge, learn from each other and interact regularly with peers in an enabling networked environment. Organisations use CoPs to share knowledge based on specific themes and areas, to break down organisational silos and stimulate interdisciplinary teamwork. Communities of practice are driven by the willing participation of their members (the principle of self-selection).