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

O'Toole, Laurence J. and Meier, Kenneth John 2004. Desperately Seeking Selznick: Cooptation and the Dark Side of Public Management in Networks. Public Administration Review 64 (6) , pp. 681-693. 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2004.00415.x

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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0033-3352
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:27

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