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Our aim for this book is to bring together the experience and expertise of people who have worked with CoPs in real world situations: the objective is to examine CoPs from a practical, rather than a purely academic, point of view. Hence, this call for papers is directed at those who can provide real examples of supporting real CoPs. Our expectation is that this book will provide a genuine and useful resource to practitioners and academics that work in the field of KM and CoPs.
CoPs are attracting interest both in academia and in commercial organisations. Academic researchers are undertaking research into CoPs, how they can be supported, the relationships within them, the process of creativity, the creation of new knowledge. Consultants in the field are supporting, coaching and facilitating CoPs, and advising organisations as to how they can identify and nurture CoPs and how they can benefit from them. It is to be expected that this book will be of interest to both academics and practitioners.
Prospective authors are invited to send a 500 word outline proposal by e-mail (Word document) to Chris Kimble firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 2002. The proposal should clearly explain the content of the proposed chapter and suggest a theme and section under which it should appear. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 31st 2002 and sent guidelines for the completion of the final chapter. Final chapters should be no more than 14 pages long (approx 3,300 words, line spacing = double spaced, page size = 8.5 x 11 inches) and should be submitted by November 15th 2002. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc., publisher of the "Idea Group Publishing", "Information Science Publishing" and "IRM Press" imprints in 2003.
Full details of the call for chapters can be downloaded as a 15k Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file from: Call_for_Chapters.pdf.