Bipartite networks (e.g., software developers linked to open-source projects) are common in settings studied by organization scholars. But the structure underlying bipartite networks tends to be overlooked. Commonly, two modes are reduced to one mode for analysis, causing loss of information. We review techniques for projecting 2-modes onto 1-mode and discuss 2-mode measures of clustering. We also address the potential for 2-mode theory development concerning (a) how change in one mode influences change in the other, (b) the question of two types of agency, and (c) how diversity in one mode is a substitute for diversity in the other mode.
|Title of host publication||Contemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks|
|Publisher||Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
|Name||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|
Vernet, A., Kilduff, M., & Salter, A. (2014). The two-pipe problem: analysing and theorizing about 2-mode networks. In M. Lounsbury (Ed.), Contemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks (pp. 337-354). (Research in the Sociology of Organizations; Vol. 40). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X(2014)0000040017