Senior Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Specialist
Dr. William (Bill) Dunworth is a senior knowledge management and organizational learning specialist. With more than 20 years of global work at the intersection of organizational strategy and learning system design, he is an expert at developing knowledge strategies that enable organizations, projects, and individuals to achieve results in complex operating environments. He is EnCompass’ Senior Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Specialist for the USAID Monitoring and Learning Support Contract in Ukraine.
Dr. Dunworth is experienced in adaptive management design and in rigorous qualitative research methods that assess both outcomes and knowledge flow in complex stakeholder systems. Previously, as an international development consultant, he built a portfolio of projects in program evaluation, knowledge management, and strategic learning spanning Africa, Central/South Asia, the Middle East, and the South Pacific. Prior to that, he worked for five years at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education of the Wharton School, where he held a number of senior positions in program design and client relationship management. During that time, he introduced a cutting-edge approach to learning needs analysis that assessed client capacity across three indicators: industry value drivers, organization-specific strategic challenges, and the capacity of senior managers to meet those challenges. He also led a high-level team responsible for designing leadership programs for corporate and governmental clients around the world, with emphasis on China, Japan, Korea, and India.
Dr. Dunworth is an experienced facilitator and coach. He spent several years on the faculty of the Kant Akademie in Berlin, Germany, where he trained women from the former Socialist Block countries for management careers in multinational corporations. In Asia, he was an Adjunct Professor of Management for the Stern School at New York University’s Shanghai Center, as well as for Vietnam National University (Hanoi) and the Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. He earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, with distinction, for a multi-year grounded theory study on knowledge absorption and knowledge resistance in Chinese/Western strategic partnerships. His reflections on using conceptual frameworks to guide research and practice were published in the second edition of Reason & Rigor: Using Conceptual Frameworks to Guide Research (Sage Publications). He also holds an MBA in Organizational Strategy from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, an MSc in International Politics from Edinburgh University in Scotland, and a BA in German and International Business from the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York. A dual U.S./EU (Irish) national, he speaks Mandarin Chinese, German, Russian, and French in addition to his native English.