Social capital has taken the social sciences by storm yet remains fraught with controversy. Despite its complexity and conceptual difficulties, the persistent interest in social capital arises from the fact that it helps us make sense of why people do what they do.
This book showcases new innovative research in economics, politics, sociology, and management regarding the topic. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines present ground-breaking new research exploring the still-undiscovered value of social capital. The book employs a self-consciously multi-disciplinary approach to address two objectives: reaching out and reaching in. Through theoretical and empirical scholarship, the authors explore the many contexts in which the phenomenon can have impact. In effect, social capital research reaches out to issues of economic well-being, civic participation, educational achievement, knowledge and norm formation, and competitive advantage. Further, the authors investigate the many connections between the core themes of social capital and the pillars on which it rests, including structural networks, cognition, relationships and trust. This book is fundamentally about bridging - bridging across disciplines, units of analysis, and themes.
Scholars, students, and other interested readers from the social sciences and management will find this book challenging and illuminating.
Edited by Viva Ona Bartkus, Associate Professor of Management and James H. Davis, Associate Professor of Management, University of Notre Dame, US
Contents: Introduction: The Yet Undiscovered Value of Social Capital Viva Ona Bartkus and James H. Davis PART I: OVERVIEW 1. What is Social Capital? Elinor Ostrom 2. Network Duality of Social Capital Ronald S. Burt 3. On the Costs of Conceptualizing Social Ties as Social Capital Robert M. Fishman PART II: SOCIAL CAPITAL: REACHING OUT 4. How's the Job? Are Trust and Social Capital Neglected Workplace Investments? John F. Helliwell, Haifang Huang and Robert D. Putnam 5. Social Capital Effects on Student Outcomes Maureen T. Hallinan 6. Communities, Schools and Voter Turnout: A Case Study in Social Norms David E. Campbell 7. Experimental Approaches to the Diffusion of Norms David W. Nickerson 8. Capitalizing on Connections: Social Capital and Strategic Management Janine Nahapiet PART III: SOCIAL CAPITAL: REACHING IN 9. Social Capital Creation: Collective Identities and Collective Action Roderick M. Kramer 10. Connecting to Brokers: Strategies for Acquiring Social Capital Daniel J. Brass 11. Trust, Distrust and Building Social Capital Roy. J. Lewicki and Chad T. Brinsfield 12. Understanding Social Capital: In Whom do we Trust? Darryl Stickel, Roger C. Mayer and Sim B. Sitkin 13. Organizational Trust and Social Capital James H. Davis and Viva Ona Bartkus Conclusion: Frontiers of Social Capital Research Viva Ona Bartkus and James H. Davis Index