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Author: Joop Koppenjan; Erik-Hans Klijn
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2004. ©2004
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st ed
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As public and private sector organizations work more frequently in partnership, managing uncertainties, problems and controversies becomes increasingly difficult. Despite sophisticated technology and knowledge, the strategic networks and games required to solve uncertainties becomes more complex and more important than ever before. This unique text examines such developments in the area of network strategy.  Read more...
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Koppenjan, Joop.
Managing Uncertainties in Networks : Public Private Controversies.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2004
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joop Koppenjan; Erik-Hans Klijn
ISBN: 9780203643457 0203643453
OCLC Number: 1048385826
Description: 1 online resource (299 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Managing Uncertainties in Networks --
Title Page --
Copyright Page --
Table of Contents --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
1 Uncertainties in dealing with complex problems in the network society --
1.1 Introduction: dealing with complex problems --
1.2 Problem solving and decision making in the network society --
1.3 Uncertainties: wicked societal problems --
1.4 Dealing with uncertainties: the inadequacy of standard responses --
1.5 Managing uncertainties in complex networks: a network perspective --
1.6 Objectives, research question and structure of this book --
PART 1 Analysis of uncertainties in dealing with complex problems in networks --
2 Uncertainty about content: knowledge conflicts and asymmetrical debates --
2.1 Uncertainty about content: an introduction --
2.2 Two responses to substantive uncertainty and their implications --
2.3 Sources of substantive uncertainty: problem frames and ambiguity --
2.4 Conclusion: dealing with substantive uncertainty --
3 Uncertainty and process: problem solving as a strategic game --
3.1 Strategic uncertainty in problem solving: introduction --
3.2 Theories of problem solving: from rational model to game approach --
3.3 The basic elements of the policy game --
3.4 Theoretical interlude: the fragmented nature of policy games as a source of uncertainty --
3.5 Fragmented policy games: problem solving at the crossroads of arenas and games --
3.6 The evolution of the policy game: rounds, impasses and breakthroughs --
3.7 Outcomes of the policy game: impacts on content, process and institutions --
3.8 Conclusion: dealing with strategic uncertainty --
4 Uncertainty and institutions: patterns, rules and trust --
4.1 Networks as the institutional context for interaction and games --
4.2 Towards an institutional network theory --
4.3 Institutional theories and the network theory: an interlude. 4.4 Rules in networks: a social infrastructure --
4.5 Trust as a help against uncertainty --
4.6 Conclusion: closedness, complexity and change --
5 Uncertainties and governments: old and new responses --
5.1 Introduction: government responses to uncertainty --
5.2 The primacy of politics: a problematic doctrine --
5.3 Standard response to uncertainty: central norms and consultation --
5.4 New Public Management response: markets and contracts as an answer to uncertainty --
5.5 Governance: horizontal steering and cooperation as an answer to uncertainty --
5.6 Conclusion: governance and the need for network management --
6 Summing up: dealing with uncertainties in networks --
6.1 Introduction: building blocks for a theoretical framework --
6.2 A network approach to problem solving and decision making --
6.3 Explanations for the evolution and outcome of policy games in networks --
6.4 Assessing the evolution and outcomes of policy games --
6.5 A preview of Part 2 --
PART 2 Management of uncertainties in dealing with complex problems in networks --
7 Mapping uncertainties in games and networks --
7.1 Introduction --
7.2 Actor, game and network analysis: an overview --
7.3 Actor analysis: identifying actors, problems, perceptions and dependencies --
7.4 Game analysis: identification and analysis of arenas, progress and stagnation --
7.5 The network: analysis of interactions, relations and rules --
7.6 Reflection: the opportunities and limitations of a stepwise plan --
8 Managing content: furthering cross-frame reflection and the creation of negotiated knowledge --
8.1 Introduction --
8.2 Improving frame reflection and cross-frame learning --
8.3 Arranging research activities: the furtherance of negotiated knowledge --
8.4 Conclusion: conditions for cognitive learning --
9 Managing the game: selective couplings, rules of the game and process management. 9.1 Introduction --
9.2 Managing the game: general principles --
9.3 Game management as couplings and decouplings of actors, arenas and games --
9.4 Game management as furthering the creation of the rules of the game --
9.5 Game management as facilitating the game --
9.6 Conclusion: conditions for managing strategic uncertainties --
10 Managing the network: strategies for institutional design --
10.1 Introduction: intertwinement or disentanglement? --
10.2 Changing network rules: tinkering at the foundation of the network --
10.3 Robust changes of perceptions: reframing --
10.4 Enhancing trust: a matter of patience --
10.5 The role of political bodies: a design proposal --
10.6 Conclusions: the possibilities and pitfalls of institutional design --
11 Managing uncertainties in networks --
11.1 Introduction --
11.2 Management of uncertainties in networks: disentanglers and entanglers --
11.3 The management of uncertainties in network settings: the repertoire of strategies --
11.4 The choice of network management strategies --
11.5 Some reflections upon the management of uncertainties --
Bibliography --
Index.

Abstract:

As public and private sector organizations work more frequently in partnership, managing uncertainties, problems and controversies becomes increasingly difficult. Despite sophisticated technology and knowledge, the strategic networks and games required to solve uncertainties becomes more complex and more important than ever before. This unique text examines such developments in the area of network strategy. Differentiating itself from other policy network approaches which mainly have a research focus, this text has a managerial orientation, presenting strategies and management recommendations for public and private sector organizations as well as the analytical tools required by practitioners seeking to support their own internal decision-making and strategy formulation. Tapping into the important and ever-growing area of risk and uncertainty management, this is a vital and long awaited staple for the arena, written by two leading authors in the field, and is key reading for students, scholars and policy makers seeking to understand the complexities of the network society.

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