26 Jun 2017

Does social capital measurement magnify existing problems?

Measuring social capital in organisations may be like holding up a magnifying glass on existing problems – it’ll reinforce whatever it sees. The most important elements of organisational social capital are often not in the forefront of our minds. We’re generally not fully aware of the organisational culture: the norms, values, attitudes and beliefs, and […]

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09 May 2017

Social Capitalism, Capitalism, and Social Capital

Social capitalism is best understood as classic capitalism with a focus on improved social outcomes, or at least economic social responsibility. You could think of this as egalitarian economic practices that aim to ameliorate the social problems caused by capitalism, primarily inequity. Social capitalism is related or associated with the Third Way, the humanisation of […]

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23 Jan 2017

Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development – Book Review

Handbook of Social Capital and Regional Development Hardcover: 576 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2016 Language: English Edited by Hans Westlund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping, Sweden and Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analysis (IRSA), Ljubljana, Slovenia Johan P. Larsson, Jönköping

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13 Dec 2016

Examples of social capital

There are many examples of social capital since it relates to human sociability – our ability to work together, to solve complex problems, and to form the organisations that make up society. It can be most simply understood by the old adage “it’s not what you know, but who you know”. Examples of social capital […]

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04 Apr 2016

The cultural context of social capital

Opinion piece on the Australian cultural context and its implications for social capital As a geographer and social theorist I have spent a lot of time reading and thinking about Australian culture. For a few years I taught a university course on Australian culture and spent many hours exploring the issues with students in tutorial […]

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24 Apr 2015

Putnam on social capital – democratic or civic perspective

Robert David Putnam (1941-) is an American political scientist most famous for his controversial publication Bowling Alone, which argues that the United States has undergone an unprecedented collapse in civic, social, associational, and political life (social capital) since the 1960s, with serious negative consequences. Putnam is generally credited with popularized the term social capital.

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23 Apr 2015

Coleman on social capital – rational-choice approach

James Coleman (1926 – 1995) was an American sociologist who was primarily interested in the sociology of education and public policy. Like Bourdieu, Coleman was interested in different types of capital and their interaction, namely human, physical and social capitals. The aim of Coleman’s concept of social capital was to import the economists’ principle of […]

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