In this paper, we analyze an interorganizational resource network involving three resources-information, money, and support-and a broad range of 73 organizations in a medium size American community. Mutuality is strongest for information flows, and weakest for money flows. "Multiplex" patternings-flows of two media in the same direction-are found for all three pairs of resources, while "exchange" effects-flows of two media in opposite directions-involving information and money, and information and support, but not money and support, are also indicated. Moreover, the tendencies toward symmetry in the information and support networks are accentuated in the presence of one another. The analysis suggests that information flows play a crucial role in conditioning the flows of the other resources, and that they may be a precondition to the establishment of more elaborate interorganizational networks.
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- Sociology and Political Science