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Managing international cooperation projects for organizational capacity development: a design-focused case study of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology

Barzelay, Michael, Okumoto, Masakatsu and Watanabe, Hideki (2018) Managing international cooperation projects for organizational capacity development: a design-focused case study of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology. JICA-RI Working Paper Series (172). JICA Research Institute, Tokyo.

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Abstract

Becoming a more successful society, according to mainstream views about development, depends on strengthening organizations. For this reason, the intent of international development cooperation projects properly includes strengthening partner-organizations. However, development agencies face a decision-dilemma. To strengthen a partner-organization, the development agency needs to participate in its management process. On the other hand, such participation would foreseeably cause the partner-organization to become dependent on the development agency, weakening its capabilities. It is thus rational for a development agency to intervene, and it is rational not to intervene. This paper develops a purposive theory of organization-strengthening international development projects that brings this decision-dilemma to the fore, while also reporting and analyzing a specific case of such projects, named in the paper's sub-title. The design-focused case study shows how this decision-dilemma can be eased through by the use of a well-designed mechanism for participating in the management-process of partner-organizations during project operation. The paper's purposive theorizing and design-focused case study are meant not only to advance professional knowledge about strengthening partner-organizations as part of international development cooperation projects, but also to illustrate an emerging method for advancing professional knowledge about public management, generally.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: https://www.jica.go.jp/jica-ri/publication/working...
Additional Information: © 2018 Japan International Cooperation Agency
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 15:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2019 23:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88106

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