If the linkage criterion is communication contact, check:
Weiss and Jacobson, "A method for the analysis of the structure of complex
organizations," American Sociological Review, 1955 661-668.
Schwartz and Jacobson, "Organizational communication network analysis: the
liaison communication role," Organizational Behavior and Human Performance,
1977, 158-174; also in, Katz, Kahn, and Adams (Eds.), The Study of
Organizations, Jossey-Bass, 1980.
Weiss and Jacobson found 80% of reported communication contacts listed as
"several times daily" and of "utmost" or "great" importance were
reciprocated (i.e., "confirmed"). Schwartz and Jacobson found 78% of once
or more per day contacts were reciprocated. Weiss and Jacobson's data was
gathered through personal interviews; Schwartz and Jacobson used
At 08:13 AM 9/4/02 +0200, you wrote:
Does anyone know of network analyses using confirmed relations when
gathering data through interviews (if i says that he has a relation of some
typ to j than j needs to confirm this relation to i in his interview)?
I am especially interested in the degree of confirmation.
Dipl.-Kfm. Olaf N. Rank
Department of International Management
University of Mannheim