Network Governance Structures Infographic

Network Governance Structures

Network governance refers to the way a network makes decisions, sets goals, and manages the day-to-day affairs of the organization. Unlike traditional hierarchies, networks are fluid and flexible with many different ways to structure your governance. In this infographic, we introduce four common network governance structure and highlight some of the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each.

There are no perfect network governance structures.

It’s important to remember that there is no perfect structure. Each network exists within a unique community context that requires special considerations. When trying to decide how to manage a network, think about the history, value, goals, and membership of your network. As networks are fluid, it’s also easy to experiment with different structures over time, taking what works from one model, and dropping what doesn’t, to create a truly customized network governance structure.

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