Knowledge transfer is a subject of paramount importance to trigger a wide development toward sustainable paths. It is highly linked to the concept of “good practice exchange”. This latter, indeed, refers to multiple elements that can be object of transfer, such as a specific knowledge, process, organizational design, and/or more generally, a particular practice. The transfer is intended to be taken place in both space and time. While for “in space” one expects that the successful and sustainable practice implemented somewhere does not remain hidden as prerogative for those who first applied it, but will become accessible and knowable to as much audience as possible in order to enhance the value of the community as a whole, in time means releasing an up-to-date legacy thereby the state of the art not conveys gaps for whoever approaching to.
Within such scoping, the key action number 2 issuing the “Knowledge Alliance” is developed on the goal of transferring good practice. In particular, it eventually aims at creating a so-called “community of practice”. This would be a community in which participants “share concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”. In other words, it is a group of stakeholders exchanging each other in order to transfer a specific knowledge, process, organizational design, and/or more generally, a particular practice.
In IE3 Universities and companies from four different European countries and dealing with industrial engineering have built a small community of practice that is stepwise raising the interests of the other stakeholders, thus aspiring to cover as large as possible European area at least during the next years, so that activating intensive good practice flows.