In search for inclusiveness: vertical complexity in public-nonprofit networks

Caroline Vermeiren, Peter Raeymaeckers, Jonathan Beagles

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Scopus citations


We examine how and why public-non-profit networks incorporate vertical complexity into their governance structures to allow network members to participate in the decision-making process. Our results show that public-non-profit networks establish levels of vertical complexity by hiring network coordinators and establishing group modes of governance (steering committees and workgroups). The representatives of the leading agencies state that vertical complexity is necessary in terms of balancing inclusiveness and efficiency in the network. The network members confirm that next to coordinators acting as stewards and mediators, group modes of governance are equally important for counterbalancing the uneven distribution of decision-making power and for restoring trust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic Management Review
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • Governance
  • networks
  • public-nonprofit
  • vertical complexity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'In search for inclusiveness: vertical complexity in public-nonprofit networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this