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Social Capital and Innovation: An Intra-departmental Perspective


  • Cristobal Casanueva
  • Angeles Gallego


This study examines the relationship between social capital that arises from individual relations and individual innovativeness. Social capital is considered a multidimensional construct and individual innovativeness is measured through six different indicators of scientific production. Individual social capital is compared with the innovative performance of each individual in a whole department. Our work shows that the capacity to access and to mobilize resources through these relations is a key factor in increasing individual innovativeness in a context in which it may be measured. This questions the importance of an individual’s position in a network as well as the structure of the network with respect to innovativeness.

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  • Cristobal Casanueva & Angeles Gallego, 2010. "Social Capital and Innovation: An Intra-departmental Perspective," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 21(2), pages 135-154.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2010_2_casanueva

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    innovativeness; network structure; resources; social capital;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives


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