Network Stability: Opportunity or Obstacles?

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Scholars of public management have begun to focus on "networking" as a key component of managerial activity ((Agranoff and McGuire, 2001); (Milward and Provan, 2001); (O'Toole and Meier, 1999)). Although the study of networks has garnered considerable academic attention, few studies have worked to bridge previous knowledge about hierarchical organizations with the research on the network. This study introduces the concept of stability into the network, arguing that stability should be a core value in networks, as the function of the network largely depends on repeat interactions. Texas school districts serve as the units of analysis, with the superintendent as the manager of interest. Findings suggest that stability may not always provide the benefits expected in traditional, hierarchical organizations.

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  • networking
  • networks
  • public management
  • stability

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  • Alisa Hicklin

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