Institutional Design Concepts For Agency Resource Acquisition


  • Denver Hospodarsky


resource acquisition, institutional design, interorganizational collaboration, conceptual framework, regional recreation management, outdoor recreation


Outdoor recreation quality is jeopardized by increasing service demand and declining availability of management resources. Agency response assumes a range of alternatives with institutional design offering a feasible approach to enhanced service delivery in the present lean resource environment. Institutional designs that enhance resource conversion efficiencies are often agencies' last, best hope for expanding their resource bases. This study synthesizes research findings from regional theory, human ecology, and organization theory into a framework describing interorganizational collaborations conducive to recreation resource acquisition. The framework takes a distinctly structural approach in its focus on the organizational attributes of recreation management networks. The study concludes with a demonstration of the framework's potential for evaluating collaborative management initiatives, using a scenario simulation technique.





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