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Beyond ConsensusImproving Collaborative Planning and Management$
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Richard D. Margerum

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015813

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015813.001.0001

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Producing Results through Interorganizational Networks

Producing Results through Interorganizational Networks

(p.207) 8 Producing Results through Interorganizational Networks
Beyond Consensus

Richard D. Margerum

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the results produced by collaborative efforts due to the impact of interorganizational networks. The role of these networks is defined by commitments, responsibilities, priorities, and job descriptions within an organization. Interorganizational networks are present within organizations in the form of formal and informal linkages, which coordinate many activities among organizations. Several factors are analyzed to examine the role of coordination in the performance of such networks. Institutional analysis efforts can be used to assess the level of shared power within an interorganizational coordination network. Participants also develop coordinated procedures that help to facilitate continuous information sharing and collective decision-making, and which assess the performance of interorganizational networks. The chapter concludes that the extent of power sharing among participants plays a key role in assessing the performance of interorganizational networks.

Keywords:   interorganizational networks, commitments, coordination, power sharing, information sharing

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