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The well-connected communityA networking approach to community development$
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Alison Gilchrist

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420565

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420565.001.0001

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Network theory and analysis

Network theory and analysis

(p.47) THREE Network theory and analysis
The well-connected community

Alison Gilchrist

Policy Press

This chapter reviews analytical models developed from group and organisational studies and identifies key features often associated with effective networking. Networks are presented as an effective mode of organising in complex, turbulent environments. They play an important role in the development of successful coalitions and partnerships. Networks can be described as either ‘organic’ — sustained as a natural result of the interactions between members or they can be seen as ‘engineered’ — devised and established by an external agency for a specific purpose. An understanding of how networks operate within and between organisations is essential when it comes to helping communities to develop their own ideas and infrastructure. Many voluntary organizations and community groups evolve to meet a perceived need within communities.

Keywords:   effective networking, community development, organic network, community groups

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