Community of practice What is this?
Community of practice (COP) is an approach to networking, transitional knowledge-transfer and learning referring to connecting a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
The concept was introduced by social scientists Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger in the 1990s. Since then it has become one of the most efficient ways to exchange practices and expertise between people in the same area of interest.
A COP can evolve naturally because of the members’ common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field.
The members of a community of practice are usually either practitioners or experts in a common field of work.
The COP encourages the free flow of information between its members with the idea of exchanging knowledge, good practices, solve problems and create mutually beneficial opportunities in the specific field.