Technology and knowledge management at Rolls-Royce

[Deutscher Titel: Technologie- und Wissensmanagement bei Rolls-Royce]

Title: Create communities of practices to improve organizational performance: The technology-intensive case of Rolls-Royce
Journal: Strategic Direction, Year: 2008 Volume: 24 Issue: 1 Page: 18 – 20

Abstract: Purpose – Reviews the latest management development across the globe and pinpoints practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.
Design/methodology/approach – This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.
Findings – Is it possible to purposefully create a community that increases organizational performance in a technology-intensive organization? In large companies, technical knowledge is dispersed over individual specialists, business units and locations. For that reason, knowledge sharing and mutual learning among organization members is important for the short term effectiveness and long term survival of any organization. This study of communities of practices (CoPs) at Rolls-Royce shows that CoPs are a valuable structure for technology and knowledge management, although never fully under managerial control.
Practical implications – Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.
Originality/value – The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.
Keywords: Communities, Knowledge management, Knowledge sharing
Article Type: Viewpoint

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