Knowledge and skill transfer in Addis Ababa’s light-rail transport

Taslim Alade, Alberto Gianoli

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Knowledge transfer is important for urban development, but far from automatic. Instead of being passive receivers of technologies, an active and flexible role is required in a process of learning by doing and doing by learning.

This chapter studies knowledge and skill transfer on light rail transport from China to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A knowledge transfer policy and decentralised authority policy have led to the successful transfer of knowledge and skills.

The knowledge transfer policy includes a knowledge transfer structure, ratio plans and streams combined with practical approaches such as the pairing of staff. The plan sets targets, whereby a ratio is given to the knowledge to be transferred every year. Costs are controlled in time management, financial management and human resource management.

Second, responsibilities are decentralized in order to allow for adaptive decision-making processes and conflict resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Planning, Management and Governance in Emerging Economies
Subtitle of host publicationParadigm Shifts
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781800883840
ISBN (Print)9781800883833
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021


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