NSW KM Forum June Event: A Case Study: Can Communities of Practice Survive an Acquisition?  

Presented by Evonne McCabeCommunities Lead at Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

Date: Tuesday 30th May 2015

Time: 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start – app 7.30pm finish

Where: Cancer Council Australia, Level 14, 477 Pitt Street, Sydney

Instructions: If you have any access issues please call 0456 000 468

Please Note: a $5 donation will be asked for at the door to cover nibbles and incidentals

Register now at: NSW KM Forum June Event: Case Study-Can CoPs Survive an Acquisition?

Topic:  A Case Study: Can Communities of Practice Survive an Acquisition?
In December 2013, SKM, the 7000 employee, Australian based engineering consultancy were acquired by Jacobs, a 70, 000 employee, US based engineering consultancy.
As expected, the last 18 months has been a time of change and acclimation at all levels of business for legacy SKM and legacy Jacobs staff. Typically there have been staff changes, system and process changes, and merging of two organisational cultures.Communities of Practice can perform an important means of connecting staff at a time where there is so much change, but first the CoPs have to survive the change. 
The presentation discusses how we built the successful CoPs in the first place, how the acquisition has impacted CoPs and what we are doing to manage CoPs in Jacobs now.

About Evonne McCabe

Evonne is Communities Lead at Jacobs as she was with SKM prior to their acquisition. She is very passionate about making sure communications, knowledge sharing, collaboration, and stakeholder engagement activities result in a positive change.

Evonne has over 20 years’ experience in developing, managing and implementing communication and engagement strategies for small and large projects in rural and urban areas. The strategies have at times required managing sensitive and emotive issues and always focus on effective cooperation with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

Evonne has an easy going manner and knows how to deal with many different audiences across the hierarchy of management levels. Her messages are clear and simple to understand, without losing the key meanings of what needs to be said.


So come along and spend some time with like-minded knowledge professionals to listen, participate, collaborate and learn. We look forward to seeing you there and at networking drinks following.

Please Note: a $5 donation will be asked for at the door to cover nibbles and incidentals.

Register now at our Eventbrite Sitehttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nsw-km-forum-june-event-case-study-can-cops-survive-an-acquisition-tickets-17332329464