‘Communities of Practice at the World Bank: Breaking Knowledge Silos to Catalyze Culture Change and Organizational Transformation’ with Monika Weber-Fahr

Illustrated by the experience of the World Bank, this book reveals how knowledge management (KM), often considered a technical or support function, can transform organisations by creating a competitive edge, enhancing team performance, and driving large-scale change.

Through powerful anecdotes and insights from economic development practitioners and KM experts within the World Bank, the book delves into the strategies, tools, and processes that were pivotal in one of the most significant organisational overhauls of a leading international development institution. Going beyond conventional KM literature, this book:

  • Demonstrates how KM can be a source of organisational advantage and team efficiency, rather than merely a support function;
  • Emphasises the importance of the “soft” aspects of KM, including the creation of communities, fostering a culture of knowledge sharing, and collaboration across internal silos to generate value;
  • Shows how KM can be instrumental in driving innovation and developing new business lines and strategies through global teams situated in diverse locations.

Designed not just for KM professionals, but also for C-suite executives and middle managers, this book offers practical examples that other large global knowledge-based, financing, and development institutions can replicate. It provides pertinent insights for public, private, and non-profit sectors, highlighting the benefits of integrating KM into the core of organizational strategy and performance.

To delve deeper into this subject, join author and OEB council member Monika Weber-Fahr at the OEB Global Conference on November 27-29, 2024 in Berlin.

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