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The International Journal of Management Science and Information Technology (IJMSIT)


The international journal of management Science and information technology (IJMSIT) is a refereed journal and publishes high-quality theoretical and empirical papers in the areas of management science and information technology. This journal reports the impact of information technologies on the managerial and organizational topics. IJMSIT develops a comprehensive and theoretical framework by using a multidisciplinary approach to management and information technology for researchers and practitioners.


Editor-in-chief: J. J. Ferreira, University of Beira Interior, Portugal, Email:
Published: Quarterly
Copyright: 2012, North American Institute of Science and Information Technology (NAISIT)
ISSN: ISSN 1923-0265 (Print) - ISSN 1923-0273 (Online) - ISSN 1923-0281 (CD-ROM)

Managing Networks as Learning Organizations in the Public Sector
3 : Issue 3 - (Jan-Mar 2012) ( 2012-01 )


This paper addresses the increasing use of network forms of governance and the challenges would-be network managers confront, including the persistent need network structures create to secure a modicum of internal goal alignment among participating members, the difficulty of establishing and maintaining trust among collaborating organizational representatives, and the problematic of ensuring alignment of internal and external accountability claims in inter-organizational and often multi-sectoral collaboratives. The paper reviews the literature and discusses the significance of communication management within network arrangements, including the role of technology for effective communication and subsequent coordination efforts. It concludes by arguing that networks are de facto distributed environments and working across them requires developing learning strategies to enhance member capacities to work collaboratively to address common concerns. 

Author(s): Tracy Cooper - USA - University of South Florida
Max O. Stephenson - USA - Institute for Policy and Governance Virginia Tech
Keywords: collaboration, inter-organizational relationships, network management, strategic alignment, learning organizations
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