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

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Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Hasmath, Reza and Hsu, Jennifer Y.J., A Community of Practice for Chinese NGOs (2016). International Society for Third Sector Research Conference (Stockholm, Sweden), June 28-July 1 (2016). 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

Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales ( email )

Sydney, 2052
Australia

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