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The Nature of Organization in Transnational Networks


Paper presented to the 'Panel on Perspectives on Global Societies' at the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA), Dallas, March 1972. A version was published in Journal of Voluntary Action Research, Vol 1, 3, July 1972, pp. 14-24 [searchable PDF original with more complete tables]
Introduction
Range of Types of Transnational Organizations
3. Public/private dimension.
4. International/national dimension.
5. Nonprofit/profit dimension.
6. Other dimensions.
Inter-organizational Linkages
Inter-organizational Network Roles
Conclusions and policy implications
Annex 1: List of Organizations Questioned
Annex 2: Some Functions Performed Prior to the Establishment of an Inter-organizational Relationship
Annex 3: Some Network Roles
Annex 4: Network Action Strategy in a Transnational Setting
References

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Introduction

The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the complexity of the system of organizations at the transnational level. A simple citation of the numbers and types of bodies involved will not suffice, as there is a well-established tendency to concentrate research and education on a few prominent actors or systems [1])

A more fruitful approach may be that of showing the degree of interlinkage between transnational actors, whether prominent, governmental, permanent or not.

As a preliminary to this, in the first section, a brief review is made of the range of types of organization possible in a transnational setting. Two sets of data on inter-organizational linkages are then presented to illustrate the extent of network formation. In a final section some roles open to organizations working in a network are examined. .