Communities of Practice as an Improvement Tool for Knowledge Sharing in a Multi-Cultural Learning Community
Knowledge sharing among students is important, especially when students are working in groups. In practice, however, this is not easy to achieve, especially in a multicultural environment. Knowledge sharing should be promoted to students who are learning about knowledge management. This paper describes our experience of teaching a knowledge management course for undergraduate students earning their Bachelor’s degrees at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. The students participating in the course came from multicultural backgrounds. From our observations, we found there were many barriers to knowledge sharing among the students. It is our belief that Communities of Practice would help students to overcome these barriers and thus be better equipped to share knowledge. This paper is the introduction to an in-progress research proposal about how to apply Communities of Practice for knowledge sharing among students in a multicultural learning community.
We would like to thank Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland, who gave us the opportunity and supported us to carry out this study.
- 1.Slack N, Chambers S, Johnston R (2004) Operations management, 4th edn. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJGoogle Scholar
- 2.Nonaka and Takeuchi (1995) The knowledge-creating company: how Japanese companies create the dynamics of innovation. Oxford University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
- 4.Polanyi M (1996) The tacit dimension. Routledge & Kegan Paul, LondonGoogle Scholar
- 5.Davenport TH, Prusak L (2003) What’s the big idea?. Harvard Business School Press, BostonGoogle Scholar
- 6.Dalkir K (2011) Knowledge management in theory and practice. MIT Press, Boston Google Scholar
- 7.Sun PY, Scott JL (2005) An investigation of barriers of knowledge transfer. J Knowl Manag 9:75–90 Google Scholar
- 8.Riege A (2005) Three-dozen knowledge-sharing barriers managers must consider. J Knowl Manag 9(3):18–35 Google Scholar
- 9.Ardichvili A, Maurer M, Li W, Wentling T, Stuedemann R (2006) Cultural influences on knowledge sharing through online communities of practice. J Knowl Manag 10(1):21–23Google Scholar
- 10.Wenger E, McDermott R, Snyder WM (2002) Cultivating communities of practice. Harvard Business School Press, BostonGoogle Scholar
- 12.Keyes J (2008) Identifying the barriers to knowledge sharing in knowledge intensive organizations. New Art Technologies, Inc. New YorkGoogle Scholar
- 13.Mustafa E, Nuhu NA (2009) The impact of learning culture and information technology use on knowledge sharing: a case of KFUPM. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia Google Scholar
- 14.Wangpipatwong S (2009) Factor Influencing Knowledge Sharing Among University Students. The Institute for Knowledge and Innovation—South-East Asia, Bangkok University, ThailandGoogle Scholar
- 15.Majid S, Yuen TJ (2006) Information and knowledge sharing by undergraduate students in Singapore. Emerging trends and challenges in information technology management, vol. 1 & 2. Idea Group Publishing, PA, USAGoogle Scholar