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Is anyone familiar with work that has extended the analysis of roles and
positions to ego centered network data?
The existing analytic concepts and methods (structural and regular
equivalence, CONCOR, etc.) have been developed for whole network data,
though the analysis should be conceptually transportable to some forms
of ego networks. For example, the ego networks of employees of a firm
could be used to differentiate leaders versus boundary spanners versus
team focused actors.
We are working with network data on local civic associations that is a
combination of whole networks (e.g. intraorganizational communications
amongst members) and ego networks (e.g. individual members'
relationships with outside organizations and community stakeholders).
We are analyzing the role occupied by these members and would like to
include the ego network data in the analysis.
Deputy Director, Civic Engagement Initiative
Research Associate Professor
School of Policy, Planning, and Development
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
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