Should I Bridge or Should I Bond? Social Capital Strategies and Contingencies

Abstract : My dissertation expands the line of inquiry of the contingent value of social capital to individual performance by raising three novel questions. In the first essay of my dissertation I focus on “How to bridge and how to bond” and propose a new theoretical framework for analyzing social capital, which deconstructs its major function beyond bridging or bonding into its substance as social relations versus position in network structure. Considering these two dimensions of social network analysis I propose four distinct sources of social capital that have different predictive value for individual achievements: bridging network, bridging relations, bonding network and bonding relations. The lead question in the second chapter of my dissertation is “When to bridge and when to bond”. Joining the research on the contingent value of social capital, I look at organization and individual level factors to predict the value of each social capital source to performance and theorize about the strategies individuals should pursue in order to achieve better performance. In the third essay I ask “Should one start with bridging or with bonding?” Building on the categorization proposed in the first chapter I investigate the most successful social capital path to on-the-job performance.
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Evelina Atanassova. Should I Bridge or Should I Bond? Social Capital Strategies and Contingencies. Business administration. Université Paris-Saclay, 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016SACLH018⟩. ⟨tel-01569297⟩

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