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Social Capital

Reaching Out, Reaching In Edited by Viva Ona Bartkus, Associate Professor of Management and James H. Davis, Associate Professor of Management, University of Notre Dame, US
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.
Extent: 384 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84720 072 3
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Publication Date: 2010
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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.
‘For this book Bartkus and Davis assembled the social capital equivalent of the New York Yankees’ “slugger’s row” of the 1950s, recruiting some of the best Hall of Fame hitters around along with a number of future stars still early in their careers. The result is a good reflection of the current state of the literature on social capital.’
– Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University, US

‘Social capital is widely used and sometimes mis-used by scholars, policymakers, and the general public. The time has come for thoughtful reflection, synthesis, and informed criticism regarding this important concept. Bartkus and Davis have developed a ground-breaking collection of essays exploring the ideas and evidence underpinning social capital.’
– Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University, US

‘At heart, social capital is a simple concept – that relationships matter. Bartkus and Davis foster a vibrant debate among leading scholars as to the critical definition, creation, and consequences of social capital. I commend Bartkus and Davis for their interdisciplinary efforts, for there is no more important challenge facing the social sciences today than the exploration of trust and social capital in our society.’
– Father Theodore Hesburgh, University of Notre Dame, US
Contributors: V.O. Bartkus, D.J. Brass, C.T. Brinsfield, R.S. Burt, D.E. Campbell, J.H. Davis, R.M. Fishman, M.T. Hallinan, J.F. Helliwell, H. Huang, R.M. Kramer, R.J. Lewicki, R.C. Mayer, J. Nahapiet, D.W. Nickerson, E. Ostrom, R.D. Putnam, S.B. Sitkin, D. Stickel
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