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Specification and Estimation of a relational event model for 2-Mode networks: an application to organisational problem-solving

Specification and Estimation of a relational event model for 2-Mode networks: an application to organisational problem-solving

Tonellato, Marco, Conaldi, Guido ORCID: 0000-0003-3552-7307, Quintane, Eric and Lomi, Alessandro (2011) Specification and Estimation of a relational event model for 2-Mode networks: an application to organisational problem-solving. In: XXXI International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, 08-13 February, 2011, St. Pete Beach, FL, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We specify and estimate a relational event model for two-mode networks using data that we have collected on problem solving activities within a community of open source software developers. Data pertain to a F/OSS project team consisting of 135 volunteer developers involved in the development of an open source web browser. We reconstructed the two-mode network generated by problem-solving activities undertaken by the software developers on 719 software problems (or “bugs”). Each network tie records a voluntary action taken by a developer to engage a specific problem observed during a full release cycle of the software. The relational event model enables us to examine the regularities in action sequences that developers engage in collectively, across different time frames. Here, the model uses past action sequences undertaken by the developers towards a given problem to predict its resolution. We discuss the possible implications of our preliminary results for views of organizations as structured social settings that encourage the interaction between problems, solutions and decision makers. By doing so, we aim to provide further insights into the mechanisms that lead to the emergence of routinized collective action.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Speech)
Additional Information: [1] The International Sunbelt Social Network Conference is the official conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)[2] Guido Conaldi also chaired a session entitled Network Dynamics on the Wednesday afternoon of this conference
Uncontrolled Keywords: relational event models, temporal dependence, free/open source software
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7992

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