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Multiplexity in Conceptualizing Network Effectiveness in Emergency Management

  • Qian Hu EMAIL logo , Abdul-Akeem Sadiq and Naim Kapucu


It is essential to apply a collaborative network approach to address complex issues in public management and administration; however, evaluating network effectiveness is a challenge. This study addresses the common and unique elements of network effectiveness in the context of emergency management and proposes the addition of multiplexity to the conceptualization and measurement of disaster response network effectiveness. This study also stresses the importance of identifying the characteristics of and interactions among different types of interorganizational relationships when evaluating the effectiveness of disaster response networks. It further provides effectiveness measures and indicators for assessing the structural properties of multiple types of network relationships. This study highlights the role of preparedness interactions and informal relations as potential solutions to bridging the gap between planning, policy design and implementation, thus improving interorganizational collaboration during disaster response.

Corresponding author: Qian Hu, Associate Professor and Emergency and Crisis Management Program Director in the School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Dr. Phillips Academic Commons (DPAC), Suite 446, Orlando, FL 32801, USA, E-mail:


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Received: 2021-12-22
Accepted: 2022-06-20
Published Online: 2022-09-14

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