Communities of Practice and the NGO Sector in China
International Society for Third Sector Research Conference (Stockholm, Sweden), June 28-July 1
16 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2015 Last revised: 13 Sep 2016
Date Written: 2016
Communities of practice (CoP) represent an important resource for the creation and sharing of sector-specific knowledge. Drawing upon detailed interviews with NGOs, this article explores the development of CoP in China. In particular, the study tests whether CoPs have emerged as an important mechanism for knowledge sharing, developing social capital, and coping with organizational change. This is particularly significant for the relatively new NGO sector in China, who operates in a changing authoritarian institutional environment.
Keywords: Communities of practice, knowledge sharing, social capital, NGOs, China
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