Category: General

General articles about social capital and related concepts including its research and operationalisation. Research on social capital is relevant to a wide range of discipline areas including sociology, social policy, political science, economics, etc.

How to measure social capital

A guide for the measurement of social capital at any level in any context. There is almost universal agreement that social capital is difficult to measure with a high degree of validity. Demand for relevant empirical measures has continued to

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Has economic rationalism destroyed social capital in our workplaces?

Many modern businesses are very good at maximising profit by finding efficiencies and reducing costs. I’ve heard the phrase “do more with less” too many times to count and it normally means employees will be burdened with more responsibilities without

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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

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Is corruption a dark side of social capital? Correlation or causality?

Many people have asked me whether social capital is correlated with corruption? I don’t think the answer to this question is relevant because I don’t think social capital is a primary causal factor. I think social capital would prohibit corruption

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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,

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