ORG5200EN - Cultivating Communities of Practice

Course description

Students evaluate theories related to Communities of Practice (CoP) and explore resources to manage knowledge networks such as catalytic leadership, knowledge mapping, boundary spanning, collaboration, and innovation to prepare them to manage productive learning communities.

How this course benefits students

Students are active contributors to the domain knowledge in their field. This course prepares them to develop and lead communities of practices, direct active knowledge management, and innovative interactions across organizations and cultures.

Why this course is important

As the global economy becomes increasingly knowledge-based, communities of practice play a vital role in extending the competitive advantage of corporations, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and educational institutions through knowledge sharing, organizational learning, and innovation. CoP provide opportunities for the extension of innovative collaboration and knowledge management that transcends context and culture.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Organizational Leadership
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Kelly Schmidt, Instructor in Organizational Leadership

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Communities of practice reinforce the biblical principle of community and the benefits gained from participants sharing knowledge, experience, skills and learning from one another.

Missionally driven

Communities of practice enable collective knowledge sharing, developmental participation, and innovative problem solving to enhance organizational effectiveness.

Contextually informed

Students evaluate best practices related to Communities of Practice (CoP) and implement them into their respective work or ministry.

Interculturally focused

A focus on domain knowledge allows communities of practice to operate inter-organizationally and cross-culturally. Collectivistic cultural dimensions will inform their implementation.

Practically minded

Members of a community of practice are active practitioners within a domain of knowledge. Students evaluate community of practice theories and best practices and initiate new modes of organizational knowledge management.

Experientially transformed

Students initiate new communities of practice and knowledge management through boundary spanning and developing a CoP proposal for their chosen domain.