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Modernization and the Logic of Interorganizational Networks


Mayntz,  Renate
Wissenschaft, Technik und Innovationssysteme, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

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Mayntz, R. (1991). Modernization and the Logic of Interorganizational Networks. MPIfG Discussion Paper, 91/8.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-5B03-C
In this paper an attempt is made to widen the perspective under which
interorganizational networks are generally seen. It is argued that both in the
economy and in policy making, network phenomena are in fact becoming
more prominent. This is linked to functional differentiation, a core process
of societal modernization which implies the existence of partly autonomous
societal subsystems. Their emergence is closely connected with the ascendance
of formal organizations which in tum enjoy a certain measure of autonomy.
In this structural context, interorganizational network following a logic of
negotiation which extends to "constitutional" issues can provide a solution to coordination problems typical of modern societies.
In diesem Beitrag wird der Versuch gemacht, die gesellschaftstheoretische
Bedeutung interorganisatorischer Netzwerke herauszuarbeiten. Ihre Prominenz
in Wirtschaft und Politik ist eng mit der gesellschaftlichen Modernisierung
und hier insbesondere mit der Existenz teilautonomer Funktionssysteme
verbunden, die ihrerseits mit der Vervielfältigung formaler Organisationen
verknüpft ist. In differenzierten Gesellschaften können Organisationsnetzwerke,
die auf der Grundlage einer Verhandlungslogik operieren, zur Lösung
der für solche Gesellschaften charakteristischen Koordinationsprobleme beitragen.