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  1. MacPhee, Maura PhD, RN
  2. Suryaprakash, Nitya PhD
  3. Jackson, Cathryn MSN, RN


Knowledge networks (KNs) are leadership tools that can increase social capital and innovation in and across organizations. Communities of practice often emerge from successful KNs. Electronic or online KNs can maximize efficiency and effectiveness of communications and collaboration. The authors describe the benefits associated with KNs. They provide an overview of the development, facilitation, and evaluation of online KNs. An example of a nursing leadership online KN illustrates the key considerations involved in the KN process.