Interorganizational networking patterns among development organizations

Yannick Atouba*, Michelle Shumate

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This research seeks to explain the structure of the interorganizational network of international development organizations, including international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). The study uses a multitheoretical, multilevel model to examine the endogenous and exogenous influences on the international development organization network. Results indicate that homophily, mutuality, transitivity, and centralization influence the configuration of the international development organizational network. In particular, IGOs tended to collaborate with IGOs; both INGOs and IGOs were likely to seek joint dependencies over asymmetric dependencies; some organizations acted as intermediary coordinators; and organizations were more likely to form collaborations with partners of partners. Implications for executive directors of INGOs and policymakers are drawn from the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-317
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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