A Community of Practice for Chinese NGOs
International Society for Third Sector Research Conference (Stockholm, Sweden), June 28-July 1 (2016)
12 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2015 Last revised: 18 Jul 2019
Date Written: 2016
A community of practice represents an important resource for the sharing of sector-specific knowledge. Using data at the cusp of the implementation of the Charity Law, we analyze the potential for Chinese NGOs to embrace a community of practice. This is particularly significant given that the Charity Law provides a greater space for NGOs to form a professional association, allowing them to overtly forge networks to share best/worst practices, and to foster common norms of conduct. This in turn, offers a chance to hyper-professionalize the sector to the extent that there will be greater predictability in NGOs’ activities.
Keywords: NGOs, community of practice, knowledge sharing, professionalization, Charity Law, China
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