5 Critical Tasks for Effective Network Management

effective network management

Managing a network of community partners is no easy task. Unlike typical hierarchical organizations, a network is horizontal with few formal mechanisms for accountability through control. Network leaders have to rely on more abstract ideas like trust and mission alignment to keep their partners accountable, engaged, and committed to the network over the long term.

Milward and Provan (2006) proposed five core tasks that network leaders and managers must keep in mind to create effective and sustainable networks. These five tasks include:

  1. Management of Accountability
  2. Management of Legitimacy
  3. Management of Conflict
  4. Management of Design
  5. Management of Commitment

Read our full infographic explaining these five management priorities, and let us know if you think there’s any missing below in a comment.

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