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

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Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Hasmath, Reza and Hsu, Jennifer Y.J., Communities of Practice and the NGO Sector in China (2016). International Society for Third Sector Research Conference (Stockholm, Sweden), June 28-July 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2612686

Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

10-16 Henry Marshall Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

Department of Political Science
10-16 HM Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G2H4
Canada

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