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Advances in Group Processes

ISSN: 0882-6145
Series editor(s): Shane R. Thye and Edward Lawler

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Social capital and cooperative behavior in the workplace: a social identity perspective

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Title:Social capital and cooperative behavior in the workplace: a social identity perspective
Author(s):Roderick M. Kramer
Volume:23 Editor(s): Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler ISBN: 978-0-76231-330-3 eISBN: 978-1-84950-429-4
Citation:Roderick M. Kramer (2006), Social capital and cooperative behavior in the workplace: a social identity perspective, in Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler (ed.) 23 (Advances in Group Processes, Volume 23), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.1-30
DOI:10.1016/S0882-6145(06)23001-7 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:Sociologists, social psychologists, and organizational theorists alike have shown a great deal of interest in the concept of social capital. To a large extent, this interest has been fueled by accumulating evidence that social capital plays a vital role in the development of more cooperative relationships within groups and organizations. Inspired by this evidence, a primary goal of the present paper is to examine more systematically the psychological underpinnings of social capital within contemporary workplaces. Drawing on social identity theory and related theories on the self, this paper develops a framework for conceptualizing how individuals’ psychological identification with a workgroup enhances their willingness to engage in behaviors that contribute to the creation of social capital within that workgroup. The paper reviews empirical evidence in favor of the framework, and draws out theoretical and applied organizational implications of the framework.

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