Communities of Interest are simply informal groups of individuals who share a common interest and like to get together to talk about it. They are often self-forming, but can be more formally introduced in organizations.
Summary by The World of Work Project
Communities of Interest
A community of interest (or practice), is a group of people who share the same interests and who come together to network and to share knowledge, information and best practice.
They exist inside and outside of workplaces. In workplaces they often form around specific role types. For example, larger organizations might find that cross-divisional communities form in relation to specific role domains such as project management, marketing or finance.
These role types typically also have communities of interest outside of work, most commonly through their trade bodies and associations.
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The World of Work Project View
Communities of interest can be especially powerful in larger organizations, when individuals with specialist skills can find themselves isolated in divisional silos. They may also be helpful at an industry level when they span across multiple organizations.
Overall, we think they’re useful things that build capabilities, relationships and networks within specific areas of knowledge. We think organizations can benefit from supporting them.
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