Social capital: Prospects for a new concept

Paul S. Adler, Seok W. Kwon

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A growing number of sociologists, political scientists, economists, and organizational theorists have invoked the concept of social capital in the search for answers to a broadening range of questions being confronted in their own fields. Seeking to clarify the concept and help assess its utility for organizational theory, we synthesize the theoretical research undertaken in these various disciplines and develop a common conceptual framework that identifies the sources, benefits, risks, and contingencies of social capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-40
Number of pages23
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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