Network dynamics of interorganizational cooperation: The Croatian civil society movement

Marya L. Doerfel, Maureen Taylor

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Throughout the world, social cause organizations and independent media organizations work together, despite their differences and competition with each other for resources, toward creating civil society. This paper assesses the network dynamics of a system of cooperative competitors in Croatia. The research is framed from the theoretical perspectives of resource dependency, cooperation competition, and structural holes with results that describe the roles of various organizations in the development of civil society. Network relationships are described among 18 civil society organizations from their initial participation in the Croatian transformation in the year 2000 to a democratic nation to two years later. Results identify benefits and drawbacks of the general system structure, specific organization's network, roles, and reputations associated with networking activities. Theoretical implications address the complementary contributions of using multiple theoretical perspectives to approach interorganizational relationships and their pragmatic utility with respect to building stronger networks among civil-society partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-394
Number of pages22
JournalCommunication Monographs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


  • Civil Society
  • Cooperation Competition
  • Interorganizational Communication
  • Network Analysis
  • Resource-Dependency Theory
  • Structural Holes

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