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William M. Snyder, Ph.D. Bio

William M. Snyder writes and consults to help leaders organize action-learning networks that serve the common good. He has consulted for 30 years on large-scale change efforts in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with organizations such as AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, Daimler-Chrysler, McKinsey & Company, the Veterans Administration, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute. Bill is a global thought-leader on the topic of “communities of practice” – groups that facilitate learning, innovation, and collaborative action among practitioners with a shared passion. His research and consulting work focuses on civic communities of practice at local, national, and global levels.

Selected co-authored publications

  •  Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier (Harvard Business Review, 2000)
  •  Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, 2002)
  •  Communities of Practice: A New Tool for Managers (in Collaboration:Using Networks and Partnerships, Rowman & Littlefield Pub., 2003)
  •  Our World as a Learning System: A Community-of-Practice Approach_ (in Create a Learning Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2004)