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Title: Exploring Motives for Collaboration within a Humanitarian Inter-Organizational Network
Author(s): Ngamassi, Louis-Marie; Zhao, Kang; Maldonado, Edgar; Maitland, Carleen; Tapia, Andrea
Subject(s): Inter-organizational network humanitarian NGOs social network collaboration network clusters
Abstract: While in recent years research has highlighted the rise of inter-organizational collaboration among humanitarian organizations/agencies in the nonprofit sector and has documented issues related to the forming and maintaining of these relationships, there is little known about their motives of collaboration. In this paper, we examine collaboration relationships among organizations/agencies member of a community of interest in humanitarian information exchange. The social network block-model method was used to analyze collaboration network data. Six strongly connected clusters were identified in the community. Evaluating reported reasons for these collaborations, it was found that the two main motivations are relational characteristics, which interestingly are the most and least reported reasons in two of the most densely connected clusters of relationships. These findings suggest that it is important to determine the different reasons for humanitarian - inter-organizational relationships if one is to understand the various patterns of collaboration within inter-organizational networks.
Issue Date: 2010-02-03
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-02-22

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