Application of the Syllk model wiring an organisation for the capability of an online community of practice

Stephen Mark Duffield (Department of Business, Education, Law and Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Springfield, Australia)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Publication date: 9 May 2016



This paper aims to demonstrate how to apply the systemic lessons learned knowledge (Syllk) model to enable the organisation for the capability of an online community of practice (CoP).


The research method consisted of multiple spiral “action research” cycles (plan, action, observe and reflect) within a government organisation. The initial planning stage consisted of interviews followed by two focus groups to identify the facilitators and barriers that impact the initial design of the Syllk model within the organisation. Established knowledge management practices were aligned with each of the Syllk elements to address the identified barriers and facilitate learning as the action cycles progressed. Online CoP initiatives were implemented with two action research cycles completed. Actions were observed, monitored, evaluated and reflected on using an after action review process.


The results from this research shows how the capability of a CoP can be “wired” (distributed) across organisational systems, and how the Syllk model can be used to conceptually facilitate this. The research highlights the importance in understanding organisational knowledge facilitators and barriers and the associated practices to reflect and learn from past experiences.

Research limitations/implications

The paper demonstrates an application of the Syllk model, and that action research can benefit project and knowledge management researchers and practitioners.

Practical implications

This study contributes to practice by highlighting how to use the Syllk model to “wire” an organisation for some know-how capability.


This study applies a conceptual model enabling management to understand how organisational know-how is distributed (wired) across various systems of an organisation for an online CoP.



Duffield, S. (2016), "Application of the Syllk model wiring an organisation for the capability of an online community of practice", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 46 No. 2, pp. 267-294.

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