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Please submit your abstract (not exceeding 500 words) for an oral presentation in the organized session on

Inter-organizational networks and sustainable cooperation

at the XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference, June 26 - July 1, 2018 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Inter-organizational networks are assumed to be solutions to complex coordination challenges in the private, public or nonprofit sector. For example, the decentralization of social care provision in Western Europe resulted in networked cooperation between care providers, client groups and government institutions.
The extent to which different organizations might support cooperation over time and across different tasks depends on their governance structure, but also on more emergent network mechanisms. The aim of this session is to discuss recent work on inter-organizational networks and their effectiveness in promoting cooperation among actors with different interests and missions, especially when they have to face external shocks or unintended negative side effects of cooperation. 
Is it possible to identify specific structures that are more effective in sustaining cooperation? Which mechanisms are better in sustaining cooperation? Can we design and govern networks in order to make them more successful in maintaining high cooperation levels over time?

Session organizers:
- Francesca Giardini, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen (NL);
- Liesbet Heyse, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen (NL);
- Rafael Wittek, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen (NL).

Deadline: February 1, 2018 (23.59 hrs. CET time)

Submission link:

We look forward to your submissions!

Francesca Giardini, Liesbet Heyse and Rafael Wittek


Dr. Francesca Giardini
Assistant Professor - Department of Sociology / ICS
University of Groningen 
Grote Rozenstraat 31 - 9712 TG Groningen (NL)
Building 2222 - Room 0213 
Phone: +31 (0)503634642

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