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Physical activity promotion in an urban district: Analyzing the mechanisms of interorganizational cooperation

Wasche, Hagen; Wolbring, Laura; Woll, Alexander ORCID iD icon


Past research has identified the importance of cooperation among community-based organizations from different sectors to address public health problems such as insufficient physical activity. However, little is known about how and why interorganizational cooperation occurs. The present study sought to analyze the structure and emergent patterns of interorganizational cooperation within a network promoting physical activity based in an urban district neighborhood of a city in Southwestern Germany. Survey data on cooperative relations among 61 network organizations and organizational attributes (e.g., possession of sport facilities) were collected. Social network analysis was applied to examine network properties and exponential random graph models were estimated to test hypotheses concerning mechanisms and conditions of cooperative tie formation. The results show that the network of cooperation is sparse but characterized by a tendency for cooperation to occur in triangular structures. Other significant mechanisms of cooperative tie formation are preferential attachment, with the community department for education and sports being the most central network actor, and heterophily regarding the cooperation of organizations from different sectors. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000140527
Veröffentlicht am 04.12.2021
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260053
Zitationen: 3
Zitationen: 4
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1932-6203
KITopen-ID: 1000140527
Erschienen in PLoS ONE
Verlag Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Band 16
Heft November
Seiten e0260053
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