Do Workplace Learning Groups Have an Image Problem? Individual Mental Models of Organizational Communities of Practice11/24/14 by Sharon Bautista, MSLOC 2014
Large corporations are turning to organizational communities of practice (OCoPs) with increasing frequency to promote organizational learning, as well as innovation and competitive advantage. Consequently, OCoPs are becoming more embedded within these organizations, assuming characteristics historically associated with more formal work teams. Based on interviews with 10 individuals from different organizations and industries, the findings of this study suggest that employees maintain distinct mental models of OCoPs versus work teams for several reasons. For organizations and leaders interested in fostering OCoPs, this study suggests some tactics for conveying the benefits of and sustaining such communities.
In This Issue
Think Differently: How can employees in learning organizations challenge traditional mental models around giving and receiving performance feedback?
Community Buzz: Voices Within Our Learning Community
MSLOC Community Snapshots: People on the Move
Northwestern University's MS Learning & Organizational Change community is a network of change agents working across industry and function who believe in advancing organizations through the power of people. The Learning & Organizational Change Digest highlights a few topics that have sparked conversation in our network.
MS Learning and Organizational Change students and alumni are change leaders who work in diverse organizational settings and roles. They advance in their careers by leveraging the strong MSLOC network, MSLOC career services and the leadership and strategic thinking skills developed during their time in the program.
Congratulations to members of the MSLOC community who are on the move:
- Jim Green (MSLOC Student), Clinical Sales Operation Specialist at Sorin Group
- Nicole Haris (MSLOC Alumna), Director of Talent Management for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa for McDonald’s Corporation
- Kelly Ross (MSLOC Faculty & Alumna), Founder of Ross Associates
- Katy Pitt (MSLOC Student), Change Management Consultant at Health Care Service Corporation
- Bryan D. Wazbinski (MSLOC Student), Continuous Improvement and Change Management Professional at Accenture
- Caroline McGrath (MSLOC Alumna), PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at RMIT University in Australia