Network-Level Task and the Design of Whole Networks: Is There a Relationship? [chapter]

Patrick Kenis, Keith G. Provan, Peter M. Kruyen
2009 Information and Organization Design Series  
This chapter explores a key argument of structural contingency theory in the context of whole networks of organizations. Specifically, we examine the relationship between the task such networks perform and their design, which we operationalize as one of three forms of governance. Based on an extensive review of the literature on whole networks, we conclude that there is no clear relationship between network-level task and network design. We offer a number of explanations that might account for
more » ... his finding. Our conclusions help to advance theory and practice on the design of whole networks of organizations.
doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0627-4_2 fatcat:tytlyyqikjdzpfiz5eaoh5h4am