The Skills of the Network Manager: Empirical Evidence in a Region of Central Italy
American Journal of Management Science and Engineering
Volume 3, Issue 3, May 2018, Pages: 23-29
Received: Aug. 29, 2018;
Accepted: Sep. 17, 2018;
Published: Oct. 11, 2018
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Roberta Tresca, Department of Business Administration, Univesity of Study “G. d’ Annunzio”, Pescara, Italy
This research work aims to investigate the figure of the network Manager as the entity in charge of the coordination and governance of enterprise networks, formalized through a network contract. In detail we intend focusing on the skills which such figure should have for prudent management of the network context. To this end - also making use of previously undertaken studies - an explanatory path was followed which contemplates two different theoretical approaches: in the first, the skills of the network Manager were represented, inserting them within the various phases into which the network life cycle is divided; in the second, a comparison was made between the network Manager and a number of managerial figures profiled by literature, with the aim of highlighting the existing connection and/or contrast points. The theoretical study was followed by empirical evidence: testimonies were collected from network Managers operating in central Italy (Abruzzo Region) and formalized with a network contract, in order to verify whether or not good practice complies with the adopted theoretical framework. The responses of the Managers being interviewed showed a tendential correspondence between the operating practice and what was theoretically discovered. In particular, the complexity of the figure is highlighted following the multi-functionality of the required skills. The importance given to the possession of relational and adaptive skills as been analyzed as well. The Manager who posseses the so-called adaptive skills is somebody who know how to modulate the many different relational and professional qualities He is able to adapt himself to the multiple and different needs that network makes manifest from time to time.
The Skills of the Network Manager: Empirical Evidence in a Region of Central Italy, American Journal of Management Science and Engineering.
Vol. 3, No. 3,
2018, pp. 23-29.
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