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Strengthening communities of practice in ADB: RSDD-KM internship assignment report, April 2009

Yu, Ai (2009) Strengthening communities of practice in ADB: RSDD-KM internship assignment report, April 2009. . Asian Development Bank, London, UK.

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Non-financial aid, such as knowledge and policy advice, has always been an essential component of development work in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). But Strategy 2020, ADB's long-term strategic framework for 2008–2020, sees that ADB must play a bigger part in putting the potential of knowledge solutions to work in Asia and the Pacific. It emphasizes that knowledge is a powerful catalyst for propelling development forward. It stipulates that ADB's knowledge service should address its clients' immediate knowledge needs, while determining and passing on best practices. Further, ADB's knowledge should be continuously enriched through (i) internal learning from operational experience and communities of practice; and (ii) external learning from long-term strategic partnerships with other international finance institutions and world-class research institutions, including ADB's own regional knowledge hubs. In 2008, in support of Strategy 2020, the Knowledge Management Center in ADB's Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD-KM) led a review of knowledge management at ADB that recommended several actions for later refinement. The communities of practice (CoPs) 1 hosted by ADB were recognized as a powerful organizational instrument that can help ADB accomplish Strategy 2020. ADB has a tradition of supporting CoP activities. However, the current performance of CoPs varies greatly, whilst even high performers can achieve better. Building on previous research2, the paper assesses the current status of CoPs in ADB and recommends ways to enhance performance. The paper is structured as follows: first of all, the classic model of CoPs is introduced and the need to examine the performance of the CoPs in ADB is argued. Second, the methodology used for the study is specified step by step. Third, a comprehensive analytical framework is presented to set out the logic flow of the paper. Fourth, two important dimensions of CoP effectiveness are tackled through inferential statistical analysis. Fifth, a third dimension of CoP effectiveness is explored qualitatively. In closing, opportunities and challenges with regard to strengthening CoP performance in ADB are synthesized.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2014 09:42
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:06

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