Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Social Welfare

Content Description

1 online resource (vii, 149 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Loretta Pyles

Committee Members

Anne Fortune, Yuan-Shie Hwang


community based organization, organization performance, partnership, social capital, Community organization, Social capital (Sociology), Business networks, Organizational effectiveness

Subject Categories

Social Work


Developing partnerships is a crucial strategy for Community based organizations (CBOs) to maximize service capacity, serve clients of diverse needs, and compete for funding, yet the evidence is scant. The study asks whether organizational networking is helpful to a CBOs' service performance and whether the effect of networking varies by certain organizational features of a CBO. The research framework is built with the literature review of social capital theories with a focus of organizations, community practice models, and case studies on CBOs' networking. Two forms of networking, within and beyond community, are hypothesized as associated with two traits of performance, effectiveness of carrying out the services and innovation regarding the long-term service development when organization factors including leadership, community capacity, and funding sources are controlled. Furthermore, the moderation effects of those organization factors are included and examined.

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Social Work Commons