How do network characteristics influence network managers’ choice of strategies?

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As indicated in the research on networks over the last 10 years, network management strategies are very important for achieving results in governance networks. But what characteristics influence the deployment of network management strategies? Using quantitative data on network managers in environmental projects at local level, this article looks at three important network characteristics: network size, degree of hierarchy, and conflict level, and assesses their influence on three categories of network management strategies: connecting, exploring, and arranging. The results show that, for network managers, (1) more hierarchy leads to a stronger likelihood of choosing connecting, (2) a larger network size leads to more exploring and arranging, and (3) more conflict correlates with less use of connecting and exploring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-159
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2019

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