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Article: Environmental and organizational determinants of external networking

TitleEnvironmental and organizational determinants of external networking
Authors
KeywordsEngland
environment
local government
networking
strategy
structure
Issue Date2011
PublisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=10
Citation
American Review Of Public Administration, 2011, v. 41 n. 4, p. 355-374 How to Cite?
AbstractAccording to recent organizational theories, external networking by managers is likely to reflect the external and internal characteristics of organizations. In particular, contingency theories assume that uncertain environments and innovative strategies lead to more external networking, while both contingency and structural hole theories suggest that networking is more likely in organizations with decentralized, informal, and specialized structures. Developing such explicit theoretical expectations is an important research objective, and an initial effort along these lines is provided by this article. We also test these expectations by analyzing environmental and organizational determinants of variations in external networking by managers of English local governments in 2007. The empirical results show that "loose" organizational structures and diverse stakeholder demands are positively associated with networking, but that defensive and reactive strategies, along with unpredictable stakeholder demands, are negatively associated. © The Author(s) 2011.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153247
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.26
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.699
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dc.contributor.authorBoyne, GAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMeier, KJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorO'Toole Jr, LJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWalker, RMen_HK
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dc.description.abstractAccording to recent organizational theories, external networking by managers is likely to reflect the external and internal characteristics of organizations. In particular, contingency theories assume that uncertain environments and innovative strategies lead to more external networking, while both contingency and structural hole theories suggest that networking is more likely in organizations with decentralized, informal, and specialized structures. Developing such explicit theoretical expectations is an important research objective, and an initial effort along these lines is provided by this article. We also test these expectations by analyzing environmental and organizational determinants of variations in external networking by managers of English local governments in 2007. The empirical results show that "loose" organizational structures and diverse stakeholder demands are positively associated with networking, but that defensive and reactive strategies, along with unpredictable stakeholder demands, are negatively associated. © The Author(s) 2011.en_HK
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dc.subjectEnglanden_HK
dc.subjectenvironmenten_HK
dc.subjectlocal governmenten_HK
dc.subjectnetworkingen_HK
dc.subjectstrategyen_HK
dc.subjectstructureen_HK
dc.titleEnvironmental and organizational determinants of external networkingen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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