Mandated network formation

Federica Segato*, Jörg Raab

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose:
Policy makers often mandate and regulate the network formation to tackle complex issues of public interest. However, the imposed legal, procedural and political constraints (i.e. mandated specifications), can affect the structuring and functioning of these networks and thus the sustainability and effectiveness of the collaboration over time. This paper investigates how mandated specifications affect the formation of public networks.
Methodology:
Four networks of health care providers were selected and studied from the inception of the collaboration until the services’ activation, focusing specifically on how mandated specifications (i.e. mandated purpose, mechanisms for access to resources, structure, and timing) affected their processes of formation.
Findings:
The cases show that mandated purpose facilitates goal alignment within the networks. The leeway granted to the actors for access and internal distribution of resources enhances the network flexibility, if appropriate monitoring against opportunism is applied. If structuring requirements are too stringent and the actors are forced to respect timing constraints that go against the organic evolution of internal relationships, the network capability to adapt and solve conflicts could be jeopardized.
Originality/value:
Based on the findings, we formulate four propositions about the impact that mandated specifications have on the process of network formation, which policy makers should be aware of, when deciding to instigate a network.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-206
JournalThe International Journal of Public Sector Management
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • Healthcare
  • Mandated networks
  • Network formation
  • Public networks
  • PUBLIC NETWORKS
  • GOVERNANCE
  • DYNAMICS
  • IMPLEMENTATION
  • COLLABORATION
  • PARTNERSHIPS
  • MANAGEMENT
  • EVOLUTION
  • MODES
  • POWER

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