Interorganizational Collaboration Explored Through the Bona Fide Network Perspective

Katherine R. Cooper, Michelle Shumate

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This research proposes a bona fide network perspective for examining interorganizational collaboration. This perspective emphasizes that (a) network boundaries are fuzzy and membership is dynamic, (b) interorganizational networks are embedded in a complex environment that enables some configurations and constrains others, (c) interorganizational networks are multiplex and different types of relationships are mutually influential, (d) these networks are dynamically restructured over time, and (e) outcomes of networks occur at the individual and whole network levels. An interorganizational collaboration network among gender-based violence NGOs in Zambia is used as an illustrative case. Using a mixed-method design, this research finds substantial differences between donor-driven and grassroots coalitions; in addition, NGOs report a number of obstacles to collaboration and outcomes at individual and network levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-654
Number of pages32
JournalManagement Communication Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


  • North/South divide
  • bona fide network perspective
  • collaboration
  • nongovernmental organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Strategy and Management

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