Cooperation with the management academy
Title: Cooperation with the management academy (China Training Centre for Senior Personnel Management Officials – CTCSPMO)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: China Training Centre for Senior Personnel Management Officials (CTCSPMO)
Overall term: 2005 to 2013
Since joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), China has increasingly opened up its economy to international competition. This has led to rapid economic growth. Yet the drawback is a dramatic increase in income disparities and regional differences in development. Chinese leaders are therefore faced with the challenge of cushioning the massive impacts of the economic changes.
The complex socioeconomic situation calls for a public service that is modern, efficient, effective and transparent, able to react flexibly to the needs of the economic and civil-society actors.
Since late 2005 the project has been supporting the process of reform in Chinese personnel management in cooperation with the China Training Centre for Senior Personnel Management Officials (CTCSPMO). As part of the administrative department of the Communist Party of China, the CTCSPMO is one of the most important institutions involved in training high-ranking HR staff in the public sector and the party apparatus.
The reform of the public-sector personnel system is based on the principles of a modern administration.
Cooperation with the CTCSPMO focuses on improving the recruitment and assessment procedure for managers and executives in public administration and state-owned companies.
To that end, dialogue forums are organised with German and other European HR experts on management and leadership issues. In addition, specialist fact-finding trips are organised to provide an insight into the assessment, recruitment and training of management staff. Since 2010 intensive organisational and management consulting has also been provided to guarantee the efficient development of a new academy. Workshops and expert hearings are held at local level to support the implementation of reforms in the public-sector personnel management system through an exchange of know-how with German experts. In addition, a monitoring system for personnel assessment, such as that used in Germany, is being developed in a dialogue with German experts.
Results achieved so far
A competence model was developed with the involvement of German administrative authorities and the private sector to optimise the recruitment and assessment procedure for managers and executives in public administration and state-owned companies by applying modern standards. This was introduced in the Chinese personnel management system and systematically tested in pilot administrations. Furthermore, concepts on rules, standards, instruments, methods and procedures for a more efficient, international personnel system were developed together with the CTCSPMO. These measures were primarily intended to improve personnel management, personnel development and personnel assessment.
The success of the project work had a considerable impact on improving the quality of the CTCSPMO's method of working. This is in particular reflected in the fact that the CTCSPMO was upgraded during the project term: In 2008 the administrative department of the Communist Party of China took the decision to elevate the training centre to the rank of an academy (leadership and management academy).