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Social Capital in Organizations

An Exchange Theory Approach

Author(s): Wenzel Matiaske

Book Description

As recently as one generation ago, the term organization was synonymous with stasis, reliability, hierarchy and disciplined productivity. The new guiding principles of management practise, meanwhile, are dynamism, flexibility, teams and emancipated interactivity. The new key term “network” has summed up these contemporary organizational trends.

This study suggests the interpretation of networks as social capital of individuals and organizations. This understanding requires a theoretical and methodological refocusing on the actions of the organization’s members. The present study places a variant of action theory – socioeconomic exchange theory – centre stage, fuses this theory with the toolkit of social network analysis and puts the resulting synthesis to the test by examining cooperation among equal members of an organization.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4033-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4033-5
Date of Publication: 01/07/2013
Pages / Size: 395 / A5
Price: £49.99


Wenzel Matiaske studied Sociology, Economics, and Political Science at Philipps-Universität Marburg and Public Administration at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Universities of Paderborn and Mainz and held positions as Assistant Professor (1992–1998, Technische Universität Berlin), Acting Professor (1998–2000, University of Paderborn) and Full Professor of Business Administration at the International Institute for Management of Flensburg University (2000–2008). He is currently Professor of Management and Director of the Institute for Employment Relations and Labour at Helmut-Schmidt-University / University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg. Furthermore, he is associated as a Research Professor with the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin.