It's where you are that matters : The networking behaviour of English local government officers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-756
Journal / PublicationPublic Administration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes


Increased complexity in the world of public management has resulted in the growth of networks of actors who, operating interdependently, co-produce public services. Much of the prior networking literature conflates structure (the network) with behaviour (networking). Based on this concern we analyse the managerial networking practices of over 1,000 officers in English local government. We find extensive networking activity amongst three groups of officers and show that corporate officers, chief officers and service managers develop logical patterns of interaction among network nodes and initiation that reflect their level of management. We conclude that where you are in the organizational hierarchy matters for networking behaviour and discuss the implications of these findings for future research. © 2007 The Author. Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.