The external networking behaviour of public managers - the missing link of weak ties

Morten Balle Hansen, Anders R. Villadsen
2017 Public Management Review  
There has been an increasing focus on managerial external networking behaviour within public administration. While most previous quantitative research has analysed such behaviour one-dimensionally, we suggest a two-dimensional conceptualization based on the concepts of weak and strong ties. Utilizing measures resembling previous research, we explore the utility of the approach in an exploratory study of Danish local government. Our findings suggest that the two dimensions of external networking
more » ... behaviour are distinct. We discuss our approach compared to previous approaches and argue that a conceptualization based on the distinction between strong and weak ties provides a promising framework for future research.
doi:10.1080/14719037.2017.1299200 fatcat:aj2be2irmbelbjvjxad2e2asdq