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Editorial: Communities and champions of practice: catalysts for learning and knowing

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Purpose ‐ The concept of community of practice is a common parlance in many organisations, but has yet to be utilised as strategic tool by construction organisations to improve the performance of their operations. The purpose of this paper is to how they can be used to improve the performance of projects made. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This paper uses the normative literature to develop a proposal for using communities of practice in construction projects. Findings ‐ An inter-organisational form of community of practice, known as "champions of practice," is propagated for use in the construction industry. The "champions of practice" is independent from the project team and comprised of individuals from a learning alliances that have been established. The "champions of practice" is developed as an active know-how platform to provide advice pertaining to issues of "best practice" that have been accumulated from projects. Originality/value ‐ The "champions of practice" provides a continuous source of learning and knowledge for all those organisations that have formed a learning alliance. The creation of such a form of community of practice can provide invaluable insights about best practice, which can be formalised and shared in a meaningful and reflective way. It is through proactively sharing knowledge and learning together that the industry can change and obtain the significant improvements that have been asked for by various governments worldwide.
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Keywords: Best practice; Construction industry; Learning; Project planning

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-10-09

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