What’s Next for Communities of Practice? Participate in APQC’s New Next-generation CoPs Research

Rachele Collins's picture

Over the past 15 years, APQC has conducted four large-scale studies on communities of practice and identified dozens of best practices related to building and sustaining effective communities. However, as technology and work norms evolve, we must consider whether classic community structures still deliver the same value they did a decade ago. Do communities retain pride of place in the KM toolkit, or have new tools for enterprise social networking and collaboration shifted the landscape?

Creating Work-Life Balance in 2017

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Perhaps largely due to the nature of their business, professional services firms have high expectations, and consequently some struggles, when it comes to the demarcation of work and home life. Work tends to be ubiquitous, and employees often struggle with guilt if they take advantage of benefits like vacation and personal time off.

Surprise! Women and Men Have Different Workplace Preferences

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In my not so recent past, I was a divorced single mother, working full-time, and going part-time to a local state university for my Ph.D. That was hard. The word that I used for my life during those days was satisficing – It generally means you do the minimum on all fronts to get by.

Calling on All Strategic Workforce Planning Geeks!

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A couple of years ago, I was introduced to this organizational development (OD) technique called Open Space Technology, originally created by Harrison Owen in the late 1980’s. Open Space is essentially a meeting facilitation technique that is much less scripted, and much more, well, open, than someone who is extraordinarily Type A, like me, typically desires.