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It's where you are that matters: the networking behaviour of English local government officers

Walker, Richard M., O'Toole, Laurence J. and Meier, Kenneth John 2007. It's where you are that matters: the networking behaviour of English local government officers. Public Administration 85 (3) , pp. 739-756. 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2007.00667.x

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Increased complexity in the world of public management has resulted in the growth of networks of actors who, operating interdependently, co-produce public services. Much of the prior networking literature conflates structure (the network) with behaviour (networking). Based on this concern we analyse the managerial networking practices of over 1,000 officers in English local government. We find extensive networking activity amongst three groups of officers and show that corporate officers, chief officers and service managers develop logical patterns of interaction among network nodes and initiation that reflect their level of management. We conclude that where you are in the organizational hierarchy matters for networking behaviour and discuss the implications of these findings for future research.

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 > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0033-3298
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:30

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