Print Email Facebook Twitter The Effects of Boundary Spanners on Trust and Performance of Urban Governance Networks Title The Effects of Boundary Spanners on Trust and Performance of Urban Governance Networks Author van Meerkerk, I. Edelenbos, J. Publication year 2012 Abstract Previous research has extensively analyzed the role, and indicated the importance, of network management for the functioning and performance of public or governance networks. In this article, we focus on the influence of boundary spanning actors in such networks – an aspect less examined in the governance network literature. Boundary spanners are considered to be important for governance network performances. Building on the literature, we expect a mediating role of trust in this relationship. To empirically test these relationships, we conducted survey research (N=141) among project managers involved in urban governance networks. We found a strong positive relationship between the presence of boundary spanners on the one hand, and trust and governance network performances on the other hand. The results indicate a partially mediating role of trust in this relationship. Furthermore, we found that these boundary spanners originated mainly from private and societal organizations, and less from governmental organizations. Subject GI Innovation in Behaviour / Gedrag en InnovatieETP - Enabling Technology ProgramsInnovationBoundary spanningGovernance networksNetwork performanceTrustETP Complexe systemen To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:e97bd40b-37b6-420b-a98e-6d18d828382a TNO identifier 490693 Document type other Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.