William M. Snyder


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William M. Snyder writes and consults to help leaders organize action-learning networks that serve the common good. He has consulted for 20 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, and Annie E. Casey Foundation. Bill is a global thought-leader on the topic of “communities of practice,” groups of practitioners that learn, innovate, and collaborate over time in areas of shared passion or concern. His research and consulting work focuses on civic communities of practice at local, national, and global levels. Examples include:
•A constellation of multi-stakeholder, economic-development communities in Chicago-focused on industry sectors such as biotech and telecommunications
•Several multi-city communities of practice working on issues such as healthy families and reducing gun violence, sponsored by Vice President Gore's Office of Reinventing Government
•A community for leaders of global, multi-stakeholder networks working on topics such as microcredit, transparency, and sustainable forests.

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Taplin, Stephen H., Calvo, Ahmed, Lockhart, Susan, Haggstrom, David, Jacobs, Tracy, Determan, Ada, Granger, Jennifer, Montalvo, Wanda, Snyder, William M. (2008): Implementing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers: Addressing Cancer He. In Medical Care, 46 (9) pp. S74-S83. http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/abstract.00005650-200809001-00012.htm;jsessionid=J2xHYvbrxQr21YQ2ZXTDq1nMQcMzFyyqrG6J8x1T71NPpDlXcL3T!-1997255598!181195629!8091!-1

Snyder, William M., Wenger, Etienne (2003). Communities of Practice in Government: The Case for Sponsorship. http://www.ewenger.com/pub/index.htm

Snyder, William M., Wenger, Etienne, Briggs, Xavier de Sousa (2003): Communities of Practice in Government: Leveraging Knowledge for Performance. In The Public Manager, 32 (4) pp. 17-22. http://www.publicmanager.org

Wenger, Etienne, Snyder, William M. (2000): Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier. In Harvard Business Review, 0 (0) pp. 139-145.

Snyder, William M., Cummings, Thomas G. (1998): Organization Learning Disorders: Conceptual Model and Intervention Hypotheses. In Human Relations, 51 (7) pp. 873-895.

Wenger, Etienne, McDermott, Richard, Snyder, William M. (2002): Cultivating Communities of Practice, Harvard Business School Press,

Snyder, William M., Briggs, Xavier de Sousa (2003): Communities of Practice: A New Tool for Managers. In: "Collaboration: Using Networks and Partnerships" Rowman and Littlefield Publishers .

Snyder, William M. (1996): Organization learning and performance: An exploration of the linkages between organization learning, knowledge, and performance, ProQuest,

Snyder, William M., Wenger, Etienne (2004): Our world as a learning system: a communities-of-practice approach. In: "Creating a Learning Culture: Strategy, Technology, and Practice" Cambridge University Press .