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The Research

The aim of the research was to explore how less structured knowledge may be shared in distributed environments. CoPs had already been identified as group environments that nurture the creation and sharing of softer (less structured) knowledge. However, most research into CoPs has failed to address how they would function in a distributed environment.

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The general method that was used was an adaptation of Beyer and Holzblatt's Contextual Design. This is primarily a work analysis and re-design method which has its roots in Grounded Theory but it was felt that the data gathering and analysis techniques were well-suited (with minor adaptations) to the case study. The data is gathered using ethnographically based techniques. The researcher undertakes a contextual interview in which (s)he observes and interviews the subject. The interview is not a structured interview but is based in the context of the subject's work. The questioning, however, does not follow an apprentice/master role. It is more the case that subject and interviewer are partners in the interview.

The Findings

The two most important findings to arise from the research were:

Presentations and publications associated with this research

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C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. 新世佳彩票注册. Journal of Knowledge Management, 9(4), 2005a, pp. 102 - 113. ISSN:
1367-3270
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10.1108/13673270510610369
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C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. How to Facilitate On-line Knowledge Networks. Presented at: Innovation through Communities of Practice: A One Day Training Course, Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire UK, SoftCapital, March 2005. - - Citations
C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. Facilitating Knowledge Networks. Presented at: A Two Day Residential Training Course, National Physical Laboratory, Middlesex, UK, SoftCapital, June 2005. - - Citations
C. Kimble, P. Hildreth and L. Kimball. How to Facilitate On-line Knowledge Networks. Presented at: Innovation through Communities of Practice: A One Day Training Course, Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire UK, SoftCapital, 20 January 2005. - - Citations
C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. The Limits of Communities of Practice. Encyclopaedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management. E. Coakes and S. Clarke. Hershey (USA)/London (UK), Idea Group Publishing, pp 327 - 335, 2005d. ISBN:
1591405564
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C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. Virtual Communities of Practice. Encyclopaedia of Information Science and Technology. K.-P. Mehdi. Hershey (USA)/London (UK), Idea Group Publishing, pp 2991 - 2996, 2005e. ISBN:
159140553X
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C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. Communities of Practice: Going One Step Too Far?. Proceedings 9e colloque de l'AIM, (May 2004), Evry, France, 2004. ISBN:
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P. Hildreth and C. Kimble. The Duality of Knowledge. Information Research, 8(1), 2002. ISSN:
1368-1613
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P. Hildreth, C. Kimble and P. Wright. Communities of Practice in the Distributed International Environment. Journal of Knowledge Management, 4(1), 2000, pp. 27 - 37. ISSN:
1367-3270
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10.1108/13673270010315920
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L. Brooks, C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. Understanding Managerial Cognition: A Structurational Approach. Organisational Cognition: Computation and Interpretation. T. Lant and Z. Shapira. New Jersey, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp 327 - 344, 2000. ISBN:
0805833331
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C. Kimble, P. Hildreth and P. Wright. Communities of Practice: Going Virtual. Knowledge Management and Business Model Innovation. K.-P. Mehdi. Hershey (USA)/London (UK), Idea Group Publishing, pp 220 - 234, 2000. ISBN:
1878289985
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P. Hildreth and C. Kimble. Communities of Practice in the Distributed International Environment. Presented at: 2nd Workshop on Understanding Work and Designing Artefacts: Design for Collaboration, York, UK, March 1999. - - Citations
P. Hildreth, P. Wright and C. Kimble. Knowledge Management: Are We Missing Something?. Proceedings of 4th UKAIS Conference, (April 1999), York, UK, McGraw Hill, 1999, pp. 347 - 356. ISBN:
0077095588
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L. Brooks, C. Kimble and P. Hildreth. The Crisis of Managerial Cognition: A Structurational Approach. Presented at: Stern Management School Conference on Managerial and Organisational Cognition, New York, USA, May 1998. - - Citations
P. Hildreth, C. Kimble and P. Wright. Computer Mediated Communications and Communities of Practice. Proceedings of Ethicomp'98, (March 1998), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1998, pp. 275 - 286. ISBN:
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C. Kimble, P. Hildreth and D. Grimshaw. The Role of Contextual Clues in the Creation of Information Overload. Proceedings of 3rd UKAIS Conference, (April 1998), Lincoln, UK, McGraw Hill, 1998, pp. 405 - 412. ISBN:
0077094549
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Ongoing work

Paul's work has now taken him in other directions, although he still continues to write papers and produce books.


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