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Modes of Network Governance: Structure, Management, and Effectiveness

Provan, K. G. & Kenis, P. (2008). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 18(2), 229–252.

This article examines the governance of organizational networks and the impact of governance on network effectiveness. Three basic models, or forms, of network governance are developed focusing on their distinct structural properties. Propositions are formulated examining conditions for the effectiveness of each form. The tensions inherent in each form are then discussed, followed by the role that management may play in addressing these tensions. Finally, the evolution of governance is explored.