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Contractor and Monge's book on The Theory of
Communication Networks might be useful in terms
of linking egocentric and sociocentric
hypotheses. Although I don't recall a typology of network types.
I would also like to know what values for what
dimensions would lead to a parsing of networks
into categories. Does Barabasi provide any
clues? Of course, the tricky thing that (us)
inductive types have to deal with is the
difference between two not-ideal networks and
making a valid choice about their overall network topology type.
How do you know if a given work flow is routine
or about ideas? From asking? So these are three different relationships?
I admit, it is not clear to me why routine work
would reflect a centralized network. Are you
arguing it is the nature of the work that leads
to them emergence of a centralized network (or
decentralized for ideas?)? Or, does the network
topology reflect other factors such as
organization structure and culture? For example,
if you have many self-managing teams, routine
work flow may be decentralized as team members
communicate with each other and idea flow may be
centralized if each team periodically reports on
new ideas to corporate HQ or some such.
At 06:50 PM 10/9/2006, Anssi Smedlund wrote:
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>Barabási (2002; Baran, 1964) introduces three basic topologies for networks;
>centralized, distributed and decentralized. I'm looking for references that
>describe the structures of these three basic types from macro-perspective
>(not from the ego's point of view). How these networks differ from each
>other when described with the very basic network measures (centrality,
>betweennes etc.)? Which network measures suit the best to describe the
>structures of these three networks?
>The reason why I'm asking is that I have a small (n=89) socio-metric dataset
>where people working in the organization have rated the frequency of
>communication with every people in the same firm from three perspectives
>(routine work, development work and ideas). The hypotheses I have come up so
>1) Described with network measures, the network of information flow related
>to routine work tasks is likely to resemble centralized network structure.
>2) Described with network measures, the network of information flow related
>to development work is likely to resemble distributed network structure.
>3) Described with network measures, the network of information flow related
>to ideas is likely to resemble decentralized network structure.
>I decided to look at the data from socio-centric perspective first. I have
>not made any ego-centric hypotheses yet (although that would be interesting
>too, are the same individuals central in routine work and ideas and why/why
>not, for example). I have a conference paper about these socio-centric
>hypotheses that I can send in case someone is interested.
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>Visiting Student Researcher, 2006
>University of California, Berkeley, IMIO
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