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Understanding communicational behavior among rangelands' stakeholders : application of social network analysis

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Understanding communicational behavior of rangelands' stakeholders is fundamental for effective development of rangeland management plans. This study aimed to understand differences between stakeholders' relations among various actors involved in rangeland management using social network analysis (SNA). A survey was conducted on 334 stakeholders (89 extension agents, 110 researchers and 135 executive agents) in the Tehran province, Iran. Results showed that all the three groups of stakeholders are interested in making contact mainly within their own group. Furthermore, while the executive agents have shared the strongest technical and friendship relations with the two other groups, the extension agents established the strongest administrative interactions. The researchers, however, made a poor link especially with the extension agents. The study concluded that SNA could be an efficient tool to assess communicational behavior in rangeland management.
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NATURAL-RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, PASTORALISTS, KNOWLEDGE, COMANAGEMENT, PERSPECTIVE, STRATEGIES, CENTRALITY, KALAHARI, SYSTEMS, SPACE, social networks, network analysis, communicational behavior, multi-stakeholder analysis, sustainable rangeland management

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Hosseininia, Gholamhossein et al. “Understanding Communicational Behavior Among Rangelands’ Stakeholders : Application of Social Network Analysis.” JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT 59.2 (2016): 320–341. Print.
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Hosseininia, G., Khachak, P. R., Nooripoor, M., Van Passel, S., & Azadi, H. (2016). Understanding communicational behavior among rangelands’ stakeholders : application of social network analysis. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, 59(2), 320–341.
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Hosseininia, Gholamhossein, Parisa Rafiaani Khachak, Mehdi Nooripoor, Steven Van Passel, and Hossein Azadi. 2016. “Understanding Communicational Behavior Among Rangelands’ Stakeholders : Application of Social Network Analysis.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59 (2): 320–341.
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Hosseininia, Gholamhossein, Parisa Rafiaani Khachak, Mehdi Nooripoor, Steven Van Passel, and Hossein Azadi. 2016. “Understanding Communicational Behavior Among Rangelands’ Stakeholders : Application of Social Network Analysis.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59 (2): 320–341.
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Hosseininia G, Khachak PR, Nooripoor M, Van Passel S, Azadi H. Understanding communicational behavior among rangelands’ stakeholders : application of social network analysis. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT. 2016;59(2):320–41.
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G. Hosseininia, P. R. Khachak, M. Nooripoor, S. Van Passel, and H. Azadi, “Understanding communicational behavior among rangelands’ stakeholders : application of social network analysis,” JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 320–341, 2016.
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  abstract     = {Understanding communicational behavior of rangelands' stakeholders is fundamental for effective development of rangeland management plans. This study aimed to understand differences between stakeholders' relations among various actors involved in rangeland management using social network analysis (SNA). A survey was conducted on 334 stakeholders (89 extension agents, 110 researchers and 135 executive agents) in the Tehran province, Iran. Results showed that all the three groups of stakeholders are interested in making contact mainly within their own group. Furthermore, while the executive agents have shared the strongest technical and friendship relations with the two other groups, the extension agents established the strongest administrative interactions. The researchers, however, made a poor link especially with the extension agents. The study concluded that SNA could be an efficient tool to assess communicational behavior in rangeland management.},
  author       = {Hosseininia, Gholamhossein and Khachak, Parisa Rafiaani and Nooripoor, Mehdi and Van Passel, Steven and Azadi, Hossein},
  issn         = {0964-0568},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT},
  keywords     = {NATURAL-RESOURCE MANAGEMENT,PASTORALISTS,KNOWLEDGE,COMANAGEMENT,PERSPECTIVE,STRATEGIES,CENTRALITY,KALAHARI,SYSTEMS,SPACE,social networks,network analysis,communicational behavior,multi-stakeholder analysis,sustainable rangeland management},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {320--341},
  title        = {Understanding communicational behavior among rangelands' stakeholders : application of social network analysis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2015.1009975},
  volume       = {59},
  year         = {2016},
}

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