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NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND THE AGENCY’S ROLE: AN APPLIED PROPOSAL
Ana Cláudia Azevedo, Ronaldo de Olivera Santos Jhunior

Last modified: 2019-03-27

Abstract


Although there are studies on different roles and scopes of network members' activities to intentionally influence interorganizational network structures, the origins and evolution of the organization's agency in these arrangements still need to be clarified. Fragmented approaches imply partial visions of the network management phenomenon, which can lead to overlapping visions. In this research, we have seen that in recent years the networking of networked companies and initiatives to foster regional networks have become increasingly common, and significant resources have been devoted to cluster policies in the hope of replicating successful arrangements. This trend denotes the importance of looking more closely at governance issues and the management of these networks. The combination of insights from general management and public management add value from this perspective. Facing the possibility of contributing to filling this gap, the study aims to propose and validate a framework that integrates functions and activities of network management in the context of Regional Strategic Networks. To do so, after the development of six propositions based on the literature already established in the field, an empirical validation process with academic specialists and network managers was carried out aiming at the validity and reliability guarantees of the proposed framework.


Keywords


Network management; Regional strategic network; governance

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