Category Archives: Social capital

Economics of Social Capital: Implications for Organizational Performance

The role of social interactions and relationships at the individual, group/team, and organizational levels is becoming increasingly significant in today’s workplace. Relationships in an organization may provide some unplanned opportunities, and social capital is considered a new tool with which … Continue reading

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Getting on board: Organizational socialization and the contribution of social capital

When starting a new job, newcomers strive to learn the tasks and expectations of their work, decipher the unwritten rules or norms of the culture, and achieve membership in the organization. The literature on the socialization of newcomers in organizations typically links success … Continue reading

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Mechanisms of Social Capital in Organizations: How Team Cognition Influences Employee Commitment and Engagement

While previous research has shown that organizational social capital benefits organizations and creates performance gains, most of this work examined this relationship at the macro level based on organizational aggregates. In this article, we study organizational social capital effects at the micro … Continue reading

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Transnational social capital: the socio-spatialities of civil society

Civil society remains a contested concept, but one that is widely embedded in global development processes. Transnationalism within civil society scholarship is often described dichotomously, either through hierarchical dependency relations or as a more amorphous networked global civil society. These two contrasting spatial imaginaries … Continue reading

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Inequality in Access to Social Capital

Whereas much research has been done on the benefits of social capital, less is known about the causes of the unequal distribution of social capital in people’s networks. This study examines inequalities in access to social capital in terms of … Continue reading

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Internet Use and Social Capital – The Strength of Virtual Ties

This paper aims to understand how Internet users may improve their social capital by investing in online social activities. We argue that the Internet can be a convenient and efficient means of maintaining existing social ties and/or of creating new … Continue reading

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Intra-organizational Networks: The role of Teams

How does one build effective intra-organizational networks? An impressive body of research has accumulated on this question. Surprisingly, though, this literature has largely ignored one of the key relational building blocks of many organizations: formal teams. The neglect of teams … Continue reading

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Building a Network Theory of Social Capital

This paper’s purpose is to review social capital as discussed in the literature, identify controversies and debates, consider some critical issues, and propose conceptual and research strategies in building a theory. I will argue that such a theory and the … Continue reading

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How Social Capital facilitates Innovation

The literature supports the importance of social capital for the development of innovation capabilities but pays little attention to how this process takes place. Further, most research assumes a homogeneous level of social capital inside an organization and concentrates mainly … Continue reading

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