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Network management as a contingent activity. A configurational analysis of managerial behaviors in different network settings

Daniela Cristofoli, Benedetta Trivellato and Stefano Verzillo

Public Management Review, 2019, vol. 21, issue 12, 1775-1800

Abstract: Network managers engage in several day-to-day activities, including bridging, networking, and stabilizing relationships. Still, when should they opt for one activity or another? Our study shows that this choice needs to be taken in combination with certain network characteristics, such as network development stage, connectivity, and trust. It sheds light on four different combinations of activities and network characteristics that are simultaneously able to lead to perceived high network performance. It also suggests three approaches to network management in networks that differ in their development stage, connectivity and trust: stabilize, stabilize and connect, stabilize and develop.

Date: 2019
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