Social Capital: Global Perspectives, Management Strategies and Effectiveness


C. Douglas Johnson (Editor)
Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA, USA

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives
BISAC: BUS069000

Social capital has been previously introduced using a mandala to provocatively evoke thoughts of a web of interconnections forming a pattern of relationships. This kaleidoscopic perspective remains true today as we continue to explore the complexities associated with the construct known as “social capital”. This construct is unique in its ability to span boundaries, engage multiple disciplines, and global contexts. The web involves individuals, organizations, communities, and societies; it analyzes the dynamics involved as these various aspects interact with each other. The linkages have the capacity to bond or bridge individuals. As connections form, the depth and breadth of one’s social capital morphs. This prompts a shift in perspective that offers new and fresh ideas and experiences. In this collection, we expand the constellations of networks as we move from theory, measurement and outcomes to implore various global perspectives, management strategies and their effectiveness.

Indeed, most would agree that social capital emerged out of sociology. However, it has evolved into a mature field of study with lots of uncharted territory still open for exploration (e.g., Kwon & Adler, 2014). This present collection, Social Capital: Global Perspectives, Management Strategies and Effectiveness, is vast in the domains covered, methodologies employed, and perspectives presented. The strength of the book is its interdisciplinary, multilevel, and global approach to examining social capital.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


From Social Capital Dimensions to Competitive Aggressiveness through Absorptive Capability
(Job Rodrigo-Alarcon, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

Social Capital Enhancing Innovation and Sustainability in SMEs: The Shared Innovation Recipe
(Cristina Iturrioz, Lorea Narvaiza, & Cristina Aragón, Deusto Business School, University of Deusto, Spain)

Innovation, Social Climate, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth
(María Soledad Castaño-Martínez, Miguel-Ángel Galindo-Martín, and María Teresa Méndez-Picazo, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, and others)

Strategic Leveraging of Social Capital through Effective HRM Practices: Multiple Case Study of Sustainable Competitive Advantage
(Alan D. Smith, Robert Morris University, PA, USA)

Organizational Social Capital in Relation to the Job Promotion and Positive Affect
(Chau-kiu Cheung, City University of Hong Kong, China)

Social Capital Strategies and Career Success: An Organizational Outsiders within Perspective
(C. Douglas Johnson, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia, USA)

Personal Merits and Social Capital: The Experiences of Getting Ahead in the Labour Market Among South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong
(Pui Yan Flora Lau, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, China)

Variations in Social and Individual Capital
(Olivera Pavicevic, Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia)

Community Development: A Challenging Strategy for Social Capital, Health Promotion, and Community Social Work
(Kleio Koutra, TEI of Crete, Greece)

Investing in Social Capital in Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy as a Strategy for Making Public Health Work
(Davide Botturi, Barbara Curcio Rubertini, Robert H. Desmarteau, Tiziana Lavalle, Regional Agency for Health and Social Care, Emilia-Romagna Region, Bologna, Italy, and others)

Family and School Safety as a Foundation of Youth Social Capital: A Case Study in Nicaragua
(Richard Maclure, Melvin Sotelo Aviles, University of Ottawa, Canada, and others)

Social Capital and Natural Resource Governance in Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
(Kenneth Masuki, Jeremias Mowo, Joel Meliyo, Juma Wickama & Riziku Shemdoe, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Arusha, Tanzania, and others)

Sport Tourism for Building Social Capital and Community Engagement
(Nigel Jamieson, In the ZONE Sport Management)


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