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SIM Professional Development

Communities of Practice

Available dates

Nov 7—8, 2019
2 days
SGD 770 ≈USD 564
SGD 385 per day


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About the course

Changing the way organisation learn and build capabilities


Communities of Practice (CoPs) are self-organising groups of people who share a passion for a subject matter, and who interact regularly to share their experiences. Leading organisations in both private and public sectors have discovered that CoPs are ideal in developing strategic capabilities. When informal communities like CoPs are well-integrated with formal communities, organisations are often able to achieve their strategic objectives. The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with advanced concepts and models related to CoPs, design principles and critical success factors to build communities. In addition, participants will be equipped with the skills and tools on how to successfully launch and sustain CoPs.

Specific activities include story telling using the language of the CoP model, discussion on challenges related to knowledge sharing win CoPs using a Poker Card game, and reflection of one’s own organization on the enablers and challenges for community start up and cultivation.

The workshop consists of and makes use of the following: Lecture, Discussion, Worksheets, Games, Videos and Role-plays.

Benefits to You

Business Outcomes

By attending this workshop, participants will be able build communities to shorten learning curve, learn from best practices and solve work challenges. This will lead to improved work performance, increase in productivity and ultimately higher revenues.

Learning Outcomes

In an evidence-based coaching programme that will guide you towards exploring your potential, you will:-

Apply key CoP elements to shape your own CoPs

Explain the benefits that CoPs bring to members and to organisations

Apply strategies that could support the growth and sustainability of CoPs

Explain how stories can be captured to assess value of CoPs to members

•Outline a launch process for CoPs

Programme Outline

  • Different forms of CoPs and their difference to other learning structures
  • Key elements of CoPs
  • Role of CoPs in promoting excellence in organisations
  • CoP framework and lifecycle Building and cultivating successful CoPs
  • Insights and lessons learnt from CoPs
  • Community design and evaluation templates

Who should attend

  • Professionals, managers or executives who intend to build capabilities in specific areas by learning from and with each other
  • Individuals who intend to start and cultivate communities to build capabilities
  • Individuals who are currently managing communities and seek to further enhance community leadership, facilitation and evaluation skills and techniques.

Trust the experts

Gopinathan R

Gopinathan, Director and Principal Consultant, has more than 20 years of experience in both the private and public sector organisations. He has facilitated workshops on Knowledge Management (KM) and on Communities of Practice (CoP) and provided advice and helped launched communities in several pu...


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