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Management of Network Organizations

Theoretical Problems and the Dilemmas in Practice

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  • Presents an exhaustive collection of diverse topics dealing with network organizations
  • Discusses management of different types of network organizations
  • Deals with alliance portfolios, clusters and other network management strategies
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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Theoretical Aspects of Network Management

  2. Management of Selected Forms of Network Organizations


About this book

Effective management is crucial to the success of network organizations and can reduce the risk inherently associated with cooperative strategy. This contributed volume addresses the management of network organizations from both theoretical and practical perspectives, as well as an international standpoint in the form of selected cases from various Central European countries. The authors claim that without some type of network management, irrespective of the type of network, it is impossible to effectively compete with other companies and/or networks. As network organizations are representative of a broad range of possible network types, i.e. alliance networks, clusters, outsourcing, and virtual organizations, this book presents various perspectives on the management of network organizations.

The book features articles from different scholars who have practical experience in network organizations, written in simple and easy-to-follow language, with a wide application of practical cases. Given its successful combination of theory and practice, together with the nature of the texts presented, the book offers a valuable resource for a broad readership, including scholars, managers and management science students.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Management, University of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland

    Włodzimierz Sroka

  • Department of Management Theories, University of Žilina, Žilina, Slovakia

    Štefan Hittmár

About the editors

Assoc. professor Włodzimierz Sroka specializes in theoretical and practical issues relating to the management and strategic management. He is the author of several scientific articles about strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, restructuring and alliance networks published both in Polish and international journals. His research activities mainly include cooperative strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. He holds his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Management and Marketing from the Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, as well as D.Sc degree (habilitation) from the University of Zilina (Slovakia). Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Academy of Business in Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland). He was previously employed in different managerial positions in both the steel and machine industries.

Professor Štefan Hittmár is a lecturer, author, researcher and consultant, specializing in both management systems and information in decision making. He started his career in transport management as a researcher at the Research Institute of Transport, where he participated in the development of organizational, information and managerial processes in both transport systems and socio-economical systems. Subsequently he has been a member and/or the head of numerous scientific and practical projects, studies and research tasks. Currently he is the director of the Management Institute at the University of Žilina (Slovakia) and his work involves participation in the preparation and development of management theory, and its application for both industry and educational process. His research interests include decision-making processes and modelling of managerial activities. His teaching activities include problems in basic management and strategic management, projecting of management systems, and the methodology of the teaching process. He has an extensive list of publications including textbooks and monographs onmanagement.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Management of Network Organizations

  • Book Subtitle: Theoretical Problems and the Dilemmas in Practice

  • Editors: Włodzimierz Sroka, Štefan Hittmár

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Economics, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-17346-7Published: 25 June 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36559-6Published: 15 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-17347-4Published: 05 June 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 266

  • Number of Illustrations: 51 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Organization, Emerging Markets/Globalization, Business Strategy/Leadership

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