The duality of organizations and their attributes: Turning regression modeling "inside out

Ronald L. Breiger, David Melamed

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11 Scopus citations


We reformulate regression modeling so that ideas often associated with field theory and social network analysis can be brought to bear at every stage in the computation and interpretation of regression coefficients in studies of organizations. Rather than "transcending" general linear reality, we seek to get more out of it. We formulate a dual to regression modeling based on using the variables to learn about the cases. We illustrate our ideas by applying the new approach to a database of hundreds of violent extremist organizations, focusing on understanding which groups use or pursue unconventional weapons (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Perspectives on Organizational Social Networks
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781783507511
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X


  • Cbrn terrorism
  • Duality
  • Field theory
  • Regression modeling
  • Unconventional weapons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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