Structural Holes and Good Ideas1

  title={Structural Holes and Good Ideas1},
  author={Ronald S. Burt},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={349 - 399}
  • R. Burt
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
This article outlines the mechanism by which brokerage provides social capital. Opinion and behavior are more homogeneous within than between groups, so people connected across groups are more familiar with alternative ways of thinking and behaving. Brokerage across the structural holes between groups provides a vision of options otherwise unseen, which is the mechanism by which brokerage becomes social capital. I review evidence consistent with the hypothesis, then look at the networks around… 

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