The contingent value of social capital.

@article{Burt1997TheCV,
  title={The contingent value of social capital.},
  author={Ronald S. Burt},
  journal={Administrative Science Quarterly},
  year={1997},
  volume={42},
  pages={339}
}
  • R. Burt
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Economics
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
I present argument and evidence for a structural ecology of social capital that describes how the value of social capital to an individual is contingent on the number of people doing the same work. The information and control benefits of bridging the structural holes—or, disconnections between nonredundant contacts in a network—that constitute social capital are especially valuable to managers with few peers. Such managers do not have the guiding frame of reference for behavior provided by… 

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