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The Time Relevance of Social Capital


  • Mooweon Rhee

    (University of Hawaii,


This article examines how the time relevance of social capital from social networks affects upward mobility. An analysis of survey data from 229 employees in a high-technology workplace shows that the effects of position-related networks (measured by network size and density) on promotion are affected by the temporal distribution of ties (measured by whether a tie was formed before or after an employee's positional change), while the effects of person-related networks are insensitive to temporal effects. The results support a necessary emphasis on the time-contingent value of social capital. I conclude with a discussion of the implications of the findings for organization theories and network theories.

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  • Mooweon Rhee, 2007. "The Time Relevance of Social Capital," Rationality and Society, , vol. 19(3), pages 367-389, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ratsoc:v:19:y:2007:i:3:p:367-389

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    social capital; network; career mobility;


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