Social Capital: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

KNOWLEDGE AND SOCIAL CAPITAL: FOUNDATIONS AND APPLICATIONS, Eric L. Lesser, ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, MA, pp. 89-115, 2000

Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. MKT 03-09

30 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2009 Last revised: 21 Apr 2014

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Paul S. Adler

University of Southern California - Management and Organization Department

Seok-Woo Kwon

University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business

Abstract

A growing number of sociologists, political scientists, economists, and organizational theorists have invoked the concept of social capital in their search for answers to a broadening range of questions confronting their own fields. Seeking to clarify the concept and help assess its utility for organizational theory, this paper synthesizes the theoretical research undertaken in these various disciplines and develops a common conceptual framework that identifies the sources, benefits, and risks of social capital.

JEL Classification: A12, D23

Suggested Citation

Adler, Paul S. and Kwon, Seok-Woo, Social Capital: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. KNOWLEDGE AND SOCIAL CAPITAL: FOUNDATIONS AND APPLICATIONS, Eric L. Lesser, ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, MA, pp. 89-115, 2000; Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. MKT 03-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=186928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.186928

Paul S. Adler (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Management and Organization Department ( email )

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Seok-Woo Kwon

University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business ( email )

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Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

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