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Saturday, 14 February 2009

Understanding social capital: readings from the Web

My social capital readings for the weekend.

1) The network structure of social capital
At the same time that group performance is enhanced by the social capital of its members, organization social capital can enhance employee performance.

2) Social capital: the key to success in the 21st Century
The first step is to identify the social capital in the organization

3) Network duality of social capital
(Check out Ronald Burt's entire research papers here)
The balance between brokerage and closure is usually analyzed in terms of where to invoke the mechanisms: maximum advantage occurs when a closed network secures alignment within a team and team members have brokerage networks beyond the team.

4) The network paradigm in organisational research: a review and typology
In this paper, we review and analyze the emerging network paradigm in organizational research.

5) Social capital in online social networks
We need to understand how online social networks already manifest these concepts, and where there is still opportunities to use these theories to create better experiences for users

6) Structural holes and online social networks
If you think about it, every Facebook App is a tertius strategy -- some are good, some are not. But it shows that there are still a lot of structural holes out there in social networks, waiting for someone to step in and broker the deal

7)The convergence of social and technological networks.
there is a broader process at work, a growing pattern of movement through
online spaces to form connections with others, build virtual communities, and engage in self-expression.