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Exploring networking of third sector organizations: a case study based on the Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood in Naples (Italy)

Exploring networking of third sector organizations: a case study based on the Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood in Naples (Italy)

Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio, Ghinoi, Stefano ORCID: 0000-0002-9857-4736, Silvestri, Francesco and Trasciani, Giorgia (2020) Exploring networking of third sector organizations: a case study based on the Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood in Naples (Italy). VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 32 (4). pp. 750-766. ISSN 0957-8765 (Print), 1573-7888 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-020-00241-6)

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Abstract

In the last decades, European Third Sector Organizations have been increasingly affected by marketization and the reduction of public resources for social services, hence pushed to develop new strategies to accomplish their social mission while remaining economically efficient. The existing literature suggests that the activation of networking activities can be a strategy to overcome these problems. By using a partially mixed-methods approach, this study investigates factors that stimulate the TSOs’ networking and attitudes toward different types of informal and formal networks. Our results suggest that TSOs try to cope with contextual challenges by activating both formal and informal networks, depending on financial and structural opportunities, but also suggest that the rationalities moving TSOs are highly heterogeneous.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: third sector organizations, networking, resource dependence theory, partially mixed methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 07:51
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28688

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