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Boundary-Spanning Leadership in Hybrid Networks: A Case Study of English Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Hybridity in the Governance and Delivery of Public Services

ISBN: 978-1-78743-770-8, eISBN: 978-1-78743-769-2

Publication date: 3 July 2018

Abstract

This chapter reviews the conditions leading to the emergence of hybrid network structures involved in public service delivery, analyses opportunities for boundary-spanning by network members and frames these against different manifestations of leadership in such collaborative contexts. It addresses a gap in knowledge around leadership in hybrid networks, on the one hand, and around effectiveness of hybrid networks, on the other hand. Following an in-depth case-study of a hybrid network (local safeguarding children boards, LSCB) in England, UK, we advance a researchable proposition according to which, in turbulent times, the effectiveness of such networks is enhanced through one particular leadership type rather than others.

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Acknowledgement

The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of CIMA and its General Charitable Trust, as well as of Adam Smith Research Foundation, for funding the research underpinning this chapter.

Citation

Dudau, A., Favotto, A. and Kominis, G. (2018), "Boundary-Spanning Leadership in Hybrid Networks: A Case Study of English Local Safeguarding Children Boards", Hybridity in the Governance and Delivery of Public Services (Studies in Public and Non-Profit Governance, Vol. 7), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 243-260. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2051-663020180000007008

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