Proceedings chapter

The Governance Paradox: Balancing Autonomy and Control in Managing Communities of Practice

Presented at Anaheim (United States), 8-13 August 2008
PublisherNew York : Academy of Management
  • AOM Proceedings; 2008:1
Publication date2008

The article discusses communities of practice, defined as cohesive groups which share and develop knowledge. They tend to be self-organizing and fluid in structure, but can be influenced by firms seeking a strategic advantage. An investigation of the methods by which organizations attempt to influence communities of practice is presented. Management techniques involving sponsorship, community boundary-spanning activities, and the measurement of community output are discussed. Distinctions are drawn between expanding communities, leveraging communities and probing communities.

  • Communities of practice
  • Communication in organizations
  • Interorganizational relations
  • Community organization
  • Management
  • Social groups
Citation (ISO format)
BORZILLO, Stéphane, PROBST, Gilbert, RAISCH, Sebastian. The Governance Paradox: Balancing Autonomy and Control in Managing Communities of Practice. In: 2008 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings: The Questions We Ask. Anaheim (United States). New York : Academy of Management, 2008. p. 1–6. (AOM Proceedings) doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2008.33716799
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