Title

Adding Value to Others: The Positive Externalities of Social Capital

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

In this paper, we ask whether social structure can help explain why some employees are better able than others to add value to their peers, as rated by their peers. Our theoretical contribution concerns the distinct influences of two orders of social capital: first-order and second-order. First-order social capital is conceptualized as the social structure of the focal actor. Second-order social is conceptualized as the social structure of the actor's boss, a central figure in the life of most managers. Using network sparseness to capture social capital, we find that not only first-order but also second-order social capital has significant effects on peer-to-peer value-added.

Keywords

social capital, social structure, peer relations, interpersonal relations, interprofessional relations, peer counseling

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Academy of Management Proceedings

First Page

V1

Last Page

V6

ISSN

0065-0668

Identifier

10.5465/AMBPP.2006.27176532

Publisher

Academy of Management

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