Table 1

The different stages in network development
Stage Definition Role of the Network manager
Activation Identifying participants and network stakeholders, directing their skills, knowledge, and resources [16,21] Arranging, stabilising and nurturing the network structure [16]
Framing Establishing the operating rules of the network, [16] Influencing its prevailing values and norms and perceptions of the network participants
Mobilising Generating and building commitment for the network and its purposes. To achieve this, nodes must be able to understand strategic whole and work towards common objectives based on the whole ([22], p.33) Induce individuals to commit to a joint undertaking or specific network activities
Sythesizing A blending of “various participants- each with their conflicting or different perceptions or dissimilar values” in order to work towards the network’s purpose ([13], p.15) Enhance conditions for favourable, productive interaction amongst network participants

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