Class 4: Dynamics of Network Governance in the Face of Emergency

Provided by Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin

Guiding questions: How are loosely coupled networks of actors coordinated in the light of crisis? Can inter-organizational networks be designed ex ante for high reliability?


Slides: PDF / PPT

Core readings

Berthod, O., Grothe-Hammer, M., Müller-Seitz, G., Raab, J., & Sydow, J. (2017). From high-reliability organizations to high-reliability networks: the dynamics of network governance in the face of emergency. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27(2), 352-371. PDF

Provan, K. G., & Kenis, P. (2008). Modes of network governance: Structure, management, and effectiveness. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 18(2), 229-252. PDF

Contemporary news article

Nacoti, M. et al. (2020). NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery, 21 March.

Post-lecture assignment

Write a short (about 250 words each) memo about the following two questions:

  1. In which ways were the interorganizational networks of the FED affected by the Covid19 crisis? 
  2. What can be learned from the FED-governed network for organizing in times of Covid19 crisis?

Background readings

Berthod, O., Grothe‐Hammer, M., Hagen, R., & Sydow, J. (2020). Managing resource transposition in the face of extreme events: Fieldwork at two public networks in Germany and the US. Public Administration, in print. PDF

Berthod, O., Müller-Seitz, G., & Sydow, J. (2014). Out of nowhere? Interorganizational assemblage as the answer to a food-borne disease outbreak. Schmalenbach Business Review, 66(4), 385-414. PDF

Raab, J., Kenis, P. N., Kraaij–Dirkzwager, M., & Timen, A. (2020). Ex ante knowledge for infectious disease outbreaks. In: Glückler, J., Herrigel, G., & Handke, M. (Eds). Knowledge for Governance.Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, in print. PDF