Promises, Perils, and Performance of Netcentric Bureaucracy

Sharon L. Caudle

in The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199238958
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

Promises, Perils, and Performance of Netcentric Bureaucracy

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This article starts by presenting a review of what a PSKN focus entails, and this is followed by a discussion of its potential benefits. Network collaboration relies heavily on acquiring information and knowledge sharing, integrating that information with other information, and having the information used by participants. PSKNs are embedded in the public sector's bureaucratic environment. The article then outlines some of the significant management barriers to successful PSKN development and some mitigating conditions for these obstacles. A successful PSKN requires a variety of organizational, individual, technological, and institutional skills. Its promise in American bureaucracy is elaborated. Additionally, the article reports the individual barriers and conditions that might mitigate or prevent the development of management barriers to relationship success, including certain managerial practices. It further provides a future research agenda for advancing the understanding of the building of PSKN knowledge.

Keywords: PSKN; network collaboration; American bureaucracy; management barriers; managerial practices; public sector

Article.  10502 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Administration ; US Politics

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