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Network theory and analysis

Alison Gilchrist

in The well-connected community

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420565
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420565.003.0003
Network theory and analysis

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This chapter reviews analytical models developed from group and organisational studies and identifies key features often associated with effective networking. Networks are presented as an effective mode of organising in complex, turbulent environments. They play an important role in the development of successful coalitions and partnerships. Networks can be described as either ‘organic’ — sustained as a natural result of the interactions between members or they can be seen as ‘engineered’ — devised and established by an external agency for a specific purpose. An understanding of how networks operate within and between organisations is essential when it comes to helping communities to develop their own ideas and infrastructure. Many voluntary organizations and community groups evolve to meet a perceived need within communities.

Keywords: effective networking; community development; organic network; community groups

Chapter.  4874 words.  Illustrated.

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