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This paper introduces a metatheoretical, contingency-based framework of interorganizational network management. This framework links together the discussion on the manageability of networks and extant literature on the functions, tasks, and actor roles in network management. The paper defines and discusses four basic network management functions - labeled tentatively as framing, activating. mobilizing, and synthesizing - that are suggested to be universal to all networks, including strategic nets, markets as networks or macro networks, as well as social networks. It is further suggested that management tasks, derived from the more general management functions and contingent upon the characteristics of the network, differ between different types of networks.
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