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Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management

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"This encyclopedia has a breadth and depth that makes it a valuable reference work for anyone." --Prof. Miles Nicholls, RMIT University, Australia

The Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management is the leading reference source for dynamic and innovative research in the field of communities of practice (CoPs) in information and knowledge management. With knowledge management work on the increase, this single volume encyclopedia provides a comprehensive, critical, and descriptive examination of all facets of CoPs, and includes 550 terms and definitions as well as 1,950 references to additional research. More than 120 researchers from over 20 countries provide in-depth coverage of conceptual and practical issues as well as topics regarding learning, leadership, ethics, social, intellectual, rewards, and language challenges.

About the Author
Elayne Coakes, Ph.D. is Senior Lecturer in Business Information Management at the Westminster Business School, University of Westminster (UK), teaching Strategies for Information Management and Knowledge Management as well as e-Business Strategies. Her research interests relate to the sociotechnical aspects of information systems especially knowledge management systems and at Westminster she is the co-ordinator of a research cluster, looking at Information and Knowledge Management. She is a member of the British Computer Societys Sociotechnical Specialist Group and active in promoting this view of information systems strategy and development. She has co-edited a number of books in this, and in the knowledge management field, as well as writing conference papers, articles in journals and several chapters in books. Elayne is also an Associate Editor of OR Insight with special responsibility for knowledge management and recently edited a special edition of the journal JORS on knowledge management and intellectual capital. Professor Coakes is the co-editor of two books Socio-Technical and Human Cognition Elements of Information Systems, 2003 published by Idea Group Publishing, and Beyond Knowledge Management, 2004 published by Idea Group Publishing. Stephen Allen Clarke, Ph.D. is the Professor of Information Systems at the University of Hull (UK). He has extensive experience in management systems and information systems consultancy and research, focusing primarily on the identification and satisfaction of user needs and issues connected with knowledge management. His research interests include: social theory and information systems practice; strategic planning; and the impact of user involvement in the development of management systems. Professor Clarke is the co-editor of two books Socio-Technical and Human Cognition Elements of Information Systems, 2003 published by Idea Group Publishing, and Beyond Knowledge Management, 2004 published by Idea Group Publishing.
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