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The Energy Foundation: Catalyzing and Adapting Networks in China
Wei-Skillern, Jane
Publication date: 9/15/2014, pages 1-24

The Energy Foundation China case study focuses on EF China’s history, network culture and processes, and how the organization is adapting due to external changes. Throughout EF China’s history, the organization has been very successful at building relationships and networks in a country that has had little engagement with international NGOs like the Energy Foundation. Unlike most other nonprofit organizations, EF China has not focused on self-promotion, their own innovative strategies, or their programmatic strategies; instead, the organization has focused on the greater mission of solving energy issues in China. As a result, EF China has been very open, adaptive, and flexible to China’s specific needs and culture, as well as humble in not taking the credit for work they clearly contributed to and in many cases, spearheaded. These strategies have led EF China to be very successful in helping to develop and change energy policies; however the case focuses on external changes and how EF China is grappling with how to adapt its network strategy.

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