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Networks and Inter-Organizational Management

Erik-Hans Klijn

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226443
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199226443.003.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Networks and Inter-Organizational Management

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This article provides a brief overview of the literature on networks and looks at what it has to tell us about policy processes and public management. In essence the literature on networks and inter-organizational relations challenges some existing aspects of public management that are taken for granted. It stresses the interdependency of various organizations in realizing policy initiatives, it challenges the central position of public actors in decision making and implementation processes and it challenges the way policy processes are managed and evaluated. This article tries to explain the growth in popularity of the network concept. It provides an overview of the findings that two decades of network research have delivered. It also devotes attention to the main concepts that are used in network research. It focuses on networks as prescriptive theory and discusses the role of public manager in this perspective and the available strategies.

Keywords: policy processes; public management; inter-organizational relations; networks; decision making process; strategies

Article.  10172 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Public Management and Administration ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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