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Networking in comparative context

O'Toole, Laurence J., Walker, Richard M., Meier, Kenneth John and Boyne, George Alexander 2007. Networking in comparative context. Public Management Review 9 (3) , pp. 401-420. 10.1080/14719030701425787

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Networking has become a key theme in the research literature, reflecting a shift from government to governance. Though scholarship on this topic has grown apace, little evidence has been produced on the ways in which managerial networking manifests itself across national settings. Given this state of affairs, we explore whether managerial networking is a broad and common pattern in contemporary governance systems or contingent on setting. Analysis was undertaken from a sample of over 600 US public managers and 300 UK local officials. The results confirm that managerial networking is extensive and support the view that networking is a key management competence. While general networking behaviours are evident in the data presented, there was also variation, suggesting that managers are able to exercise choice and construct their networked environment to reflect local requirements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Co-operation; cross-national comparison; local government; managerial networking; network behaviour; organizational echelons
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1471-9037
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:59

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