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Determinants of network effectiveness: evidence from a benchmarking consortium

Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski (Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA)
Julius A. Nukpezah (Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 7 September 2021

Issue publication date: 3 January 2022




The study investigates the perceived network effectiveness of the Florida Benchmarking Consortium (FBC). It also examines the impact of network coordination, longevity of membership and environmental support on perceived network effectiveness.


It uses a cross-sectional, nonexperimental research design and an ordinary least squares (OLS) multiple regression that employed data from an online survey administered to local government employees from FBC member governments.


The results show that the FBC moderately meets the expectation of network participants to serve as a platform for exchanging experiences and increasing performance knowledge. However, the network's effectiveness is not dependent on the frequency of interactions among network members, but depends on their interactions with focal egos such as the FBC Executive Director. Contrary to expectations, the longevity of involvement with the network is not associated with perceived network effectiveness. Moreover, network members who perceive the environment as supportive are more likely to positively evaluate the network's effectiveness.

Practical implications

Because perceived network effectiveness may be improved if the members interact with the right “focal” players, managers should proactively pursue closer connections with knowledgeable network members using additional and more frequent communication. Also, research efforts at identifying the characteristics of the right focal players that contribute to network effectiveness should be pursued.


While there is extensive attention to the participation of public organizations in networks, less research focuses on network effectiveness examined at the network level. This study addresses this research gap by investigating if the FBC is effective in meeting its network goals.



Dimitrijevska-Markoski, T. and Nukpezah, J.A. (2022), "Determinants of network effectiveness: evidence from a benchmarking consortium", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 61-75.



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