Desperately Seeking Selznick: Cooptation and the Dark Side of Public Management in Networks

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O'Toole Jr, Laurence J. and Meier, Kenneth J. (2004) Desperately Seeking Selznick: Cooptation and the Dark Side of Public Management in Networks. Public Administration Review, 64 (6). pp. 681-693. ISSN 0033-3352

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Abstract:Most literature on public-sector networks focuses on how to build and manage systems and ignores the political problems that networks can create for organizations. This article argues that individual network nodes can work to bias the organization's actions in ways that benefit the organization's more advantaged clientele. The argument is supported by an analysis of performance data from 500 organizations over a five-year period. A classic theoretical point is supported in a systematic empirical investigation. While networks can greatly benefit the organization, they have a dark side that managers and scholars need to consider more seriously.
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Additional information:Paper prepared for the 7th National Public Management Research Association Conference, Georgetown University, October 9-11, 2003
Copyright:© 2004 Wiley
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/71698
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6210.2004.00415.x
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