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Social Capital And Organizations


  • Robison, Lindon J.
  • Siles, Marcelo E.


An organization is a group of persons who satisfy an established membership requirement. Membership requirements may be based on inherited or earned traits. Organizations provide a place for social capital to reside. Organizations exist because they provide the setting in which members can meet their economic, social, validation, and information needs. As the needs of members change, membership requirements and organizational emphasis may also change. Relationships among an organization's members range from antipathetic to sympathetic. Depending on the quality of relationships or social capital within an organization, power will be exercised using a stick, carrot, and hug. Organizations may experience conflict if members perceive they must compete with each other to satisfy their needs. Finally, in a two-person relationship, social capital is likely to be symmetric or exploitation may exist. In more complicated relationships, social capital is likely to satisfy adding up constraints.

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  • Robison, Lindon J. & Siles, Marcelo E., 1998. "Social Capital And Organizations," Staff Papers 11537, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:midasp:11537

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    1. Sander A. Rangel J., Jorge E. Saíz V., 2010. "Índice de Gestión Social Empresarial (IGS): una aplicación de la medición de capital social," REVISTA CIFE, UNIVERSIDAD SANTO TOMÁS, December.
    2. Peterson, H. Christopher & Robison, Lindon J. & Siles, Marcelo E., 1999. "The Social Capital Foundations Of Trust In Global Agri-Food System Transactions," Staff Papers 11490, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    3. Patricia López Rodríguez & Isidro Soloaga & Rodolfo de la Torre García, 2012. "Capital social y políticas públicas: análisis del efecto del programa de coinversión social sobre las organizaciones de la sociedad civil," Serie documentos de trabajo del Centro de Estudios Económicos 2012-02, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos.


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