Institute for Software Research International
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


ORA: Organization Risk Analyzer

Kathleen M. Carley, Jeff Reminga

July 2004

Institute for Software Research International (ISRI)
Center for Computational Analaysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS)

Keywords: Dynamic network analysis, measures, meta-matrix, organization risk

ORA is a network analysis tool that detects risks or vulnerabilities of an organization s design structure. The design structure of an organization is the relationship among its personnel, knowledge, resource, and task entities. These entities and relationships are represented by the Meta-Matrix. Measures that take as input a Meta-Matrix are used to analyze the structural properties of an organization for potential risk. ORA contains over 50 measures which are categorized by which type of risk they detect. Measures are also organized by input requirements and by output. ORA generates formatted reports viewable on screen or in log files, and reads and writes networks in multiple data formats to be interoperable with existing network analysis packages. In addition, it has tools for graphically visualizing Meta-Matrix data and for optimizing a networks design structure. ORA uses a Java interface for ease of use, and a C++ computational backend. The current version ORA 1.2 software is available on the CASOS website

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