Social capital and economic performance: a meta-analysis of 65 studies

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WESTLUND, H & ADAM, F. Social capital and economic performance: a meta-analysis of 65 studies. Eur. plan. stud., June 2010, vol. 18, no. 6, str. 893-919

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PublisherIGI Global, 2017
ISBN978 1522509592

Tools and Techniques for Economic Decision Analysis

The success of any business relies heavily on the evaluation and improvement on current strategies and processes. Such progress can be facilitated by implementing more effective decision-making systems. Tools and Techniques for Economic Decision Analysis provides a thorough overview of decision models and methodologies in the context of business economics. Highlighting a variety of relevant issues on finance, economic policy, and firms and networks, this book is an ideal reference source for managers, professionals, students, and academics interested in emerging developments for decision analysis.

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PublisherRoutledge, 2014
ISBN978 1472410160

M Fuchs - Worldwide Knowledge?: Global Firms, Local Labour and the Region

Putting forward a comprehensive view of knowledge with a specific perspective on place and space, this book provides a new perspective on the globalisation of knowledge. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, the principal agenda of this volume is to open up a perspective ’beyond knowledge’ - i.e. beyond the interpretation of knowledge as scientific-technical knowledge. Author Martina Fuchs introduces further kinds of knowledge and interpretation which influence managements’ perception of globalisation and therefore the knowledge which is going global. She refers to knowledge in the sense of experiences, competencies in the production and labour process, as well as mutually shared mental constructs which are embedded in a context of understanding and interpretation. Exploring beyond the meaning of worldwide knowledge as general open access knowledge, this book also discusses barriers to knowledge, problems of transfer, and the influence of governance and control.

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PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing, 2015
ISBN978 9814656016

Z Bocniarz - Social Capital and Business Sustainability: Defining, Measuring and Assessing its Impact on Cluster Performance in The Podkarpackie Region of Poland In: Challenges, Performances and Tendencies in Organisation Management by O Nicolescu and L Lloyd-Reason (eds.)

The author explores what makes societies more optimistic in terms of trust and whether this development supports economic growth. Using panel regressions and a new measure for interpersonal trust, the average level of interpersonal trust as found in the European Social Survey, the author shows that both direct and indirect mechanisms pertaining to the economic and social environment affect trust. Most importantly, a phenomenon that naturally arises due to economic growth, urbanization, has a large negative effect on the growth of trust, yet a positive and twice as large an effect on economic performance as does an increase in trust. In terms of balancing social policy with economic growth, this article argues that increasing the level of education and diminishing linguistic barriers are effective candidates to counter this contradictory development.

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Publisher Fundacion BBVA, 2015 
ISBN

 978-84-92937-56-1

J F de Guevara Radoselovics, F Perez Garcia y l Serrano martinez

The economic crisis has been a turning point in the trajectories of improvement in many countries and individuals who have suffered in recent years important economic and employment losses. In many cases where the favorable expectations have been truncated confidence in institutions has dropped.

This study analyzes the consequences of the crisis on different dimensions of social capital, offering a multidimensional view of this concept. On the one hand, it analyzes the economic aspect with the methodology developed by the authors, updating the series of capital BBVA-Ivie Foundation for OECD countries, Spain, its regions and provinces. Furthermore, considers civic participation, trust in people and institutions and density of social networks by analyzing changes in these dimensions of social capital Eurobarometer data.

The volume shows that influence economic performance in many dimensions of social capital, related to the activity level and other as trust in public institutions. To become disappointed expectations of material improvement as a result of the crisis, the reputation of public institutions has suffered and the willingness to cooperate has been reduced. However, other dimensions of social capital, such as interpersonal trust, civic participation or density of social networks have resisted mejor.Esta publication continues the line of research the Ivie and the BBVA Foundation devoted to the study of the role of intangible assets in socioeconomic development. The general public, students of economics, sociologists and political scientists find in it a rigorous analysis of effects of the crisis than those often discussed, but very important to understand the depth of it and the obstacles facing recovery.

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PublisherPallas Publications, 2012
ISBN978 90 8555 083 9
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R de Bliek

The author explores what makes societies more optimistic in terms of trust and whether this development supports economic growth. Using panel regressions and a new measure for interpersonal trust, the average level of interpersonal trust as found in the European Social Survey, the author shows that both direct and indirect mechanisms pertaining to the economic and social environment affect trust. Most importantly, a phenomenon that naturally arises due to economic growth, urbanization, has a large negative effect on the growth of trust, yet a positive and twice as large an effect on economic performance as does an increase in trust. In terms of balancing social policy with economic growth, this article argues that increasing the level of education and diminishing linguistic barriers are effective candidates to counter this contradictory development.

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PublisherRoutledge, 2014
ISBN978 0 415 50134 7, 978 0 203 74915 9
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R. Andrews, T. Entwistle

The current economic and political climate places ever greater pressure on public organizations to deliver services in a cost-efficient way. Focused on the costs of service delivery, governments across the world have introduced a series of business like practices – from performance management to public-private partnership – in the belief that these will increase the efficiency of their public services. However, both the debate about public service efficiency and the policies and practices introduced to advance it, have developed without a coherent account of what efficiency means in this context and how it should be realized. The predominance of a rather narrow definition of the term – very often focused on the ratio of inputs to outputs – has tended to polarise opinion either for or against efficiency agenda.

Yet public service efficiency, more broadly conceived, is an inescapable fact of the public manager’s task environment; indeed in the past, the notion of efficiency was central to the emergence of the field of public administration. This book will recover public service efficiency from the relatively narrow terms of recent debates by examining theories and evidence relating to technical, allocative, distributive and dynamic efficiencies.

In exploring the relationship between efficiency and democracy, this book will move current debates in public administration forward by reflecting on the trade-offs between the different dimensions of efficiency that public organizations confront.

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PublisherSpringer, 2013
ISBN978-3-531-19297-0, 978-3-531-19298-7
  

M Jostmeier, A Georg, H Jacobson (eds)

Die Kooperation unterschiedlicher Akteure birgt enormes Innovationspotenzial: Auf der Ebene der Organisation steht die Öffnung des Innovationsprozesses – nach innen und zur Gesellschaft hin – im Zentrum neuer Innovationsstrategien. Die Projekte im Förderschwerpunkt „Innovationsstrategien jenseits traditionellen Managements“ des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung haben aufgezeigt, von welchem Nutzen diese Öffnung für Organisationen sein kann, wenn Unternehmensbereiche etwa nicht-linear, d.h. quer zu Hierarchie- und Funktionsebenen Informationen und Wissen austauschen – systematisch organisiert oder eigenmotiviert durch einzelne Beschäftigte. Daneben gewinnt die Öffnung zur Gesellschaft hin, d.h. die Vernetzung über Organisationsgrenzen hinweg, wenn z.B. das Wissen von Kunden oder Zulieferern für den Innovationsprozess aufgeschlossen wird, innovationsstrategisch rapide an Bedeutung.

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Publisher Springer 2013
ISBN 978-953-51-0210-6
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J J M Ferreira, M Raposo, R Rutten, A Varga (eds.)

The economy today is more globalized than ever before in the history of mankind. While the limits of electronic communication are continuously pushed beyond new horizons, globalization can only be expected to increase further (Friedman 2005). Paradoxically, perhaps, the economy is at the same time increasingly an economy of regions (Morgan 2004; Scott and Storper 2003). Obviously, there are stark contrasts between regions that have successfully linked up to the global economy and those that have not. Which begs the question why some regions perform better than others in the global economy? True to Porter’s (1990) adage that not nations (or regions) compete but companies, and given the fact that successful companies are often embedded in strong regional clusters of companies (Dupuy and Torre 2006; Spencer et al. 2010), the question is more accurately rephrased as: why do some clusters perform better than others? The answer to this question must be sought along two related but distinct lines of inquiry. First of all the characteristics of clusters are important with regard to their success or failure in the global economy. Secondly, the characteristics of the region wherein a cluster is embedded must be considered. This chapter addresses both lines of inquiry based on the assumption that economic performance is fundamentally driven by innovation, learning, and knowledge creation. Therefore, the degree in which a cluster is successful in creating new knowledge and converting the outcomes of that process into innovations is of crucial importance for the understanding of the economic performance of that cluster. Similarly, the degree in which a region offers a favorable social and institutional environment for learning and innovation offers an important explanation for the economic performance of its companies.

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PublisherInTech, March 2012
ISBN978-953-51-0210-6
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T Burger-Helmchen (ed.)

Entrepreneurship has a tremendous impact on the economic development of a country. As can be expected, many public policies foster the development of self- entrepreneurship in times of unemployment, praise the creation of firms and con- sider the willingness to start new ventures as a sign of good fortune. Are those behaviours inherent to a human being, to his genetic code, his psychology or can students, younger children or even adults be taught to become entrepreneurs? What should be the position of universities, of policy makers and how much does it matter for a country? This book presents several articles, following different research approaches to answer those difficult questions. The researchers explore in particular the psychology of entrepreneurship, the role of academia and the macroeconomic impact of entrepreneurship.

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Publisher   Springer, 2011  
ISBN

   978-94-007-0306-3

G S Cumming

Spatial Resilience is a new and exciting area of interdisciplinary research. It focuses on the influence of spatial variation – including such things as spatial location, context, connectivity, and dispersal – on the resilience of complex systems, and on the roles that resilience and self-organization play in generating spatial variation. Professor Cumming provides a readable introduction and a first comprehensive synthesis covering the core concepts and applications of spatial resilience to the study of social-ecological systems. The book follows a trajectory from concepts through models, methods, and case study analysis before revisiting the central problems in the further conceptual development of the field. In the process, the author ranges from the movements of lions in northern Zimbabwe to the urban jungles of Europe, and from the collapse of past societies to the social impacts of modern conflict. The many case studies and examples discussed in the book show how the concept of spatial resilience can generate valuable insights into the spatial dynamics of social-ecological systems and contribute to solving some of the most pressing problems of our time. Although it has been written primarily for students, this book will provide fascinating reading for interdisciplinary scientists at all career stages as well as for the interested public.

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Publisher   I A Matser, 2012  
ISBN

   978-90-807379-0-7

I A Matser

Most companies in the Netherlands can be labeled as family firms (according to the GEEF definition (Mandle, 2008; Flören et al., 2010). The family firm can be regarded as an open system model comprising three overlapping, interacting, and interdependent subsystems: owners, family, and managers (Moores, 2008). This is known as the three-circle model. Tagiuri and Davis (1996) stipulate that family firms have unique resources that create positive and negative outcomes for the firm. This notion has more recently been referred to as the “familiness” of the firm (Sirmon et al., 2003). In this dissertation, the resource-based view (RBV) is adopted as the theoretical foundation for understanding the distinct attributes of a family firm (Habbershon & Williams, 1999). With the RBV as the primary theoretical framework, this dissertation looks at strategic resources in private firms and how those resources are influenced by family involvement. The focus is on the development of tacit knowledge and social capital, as the literature indicates that family involvement may have a strong and positive influence on these components of strategic resources (Arregle et al., 2007a). The need for more empirical research in the field of social capital and tacit knowledge within the context of private firms is made clear by a review of extant empirical research. This review also reveals specific topics of interest: the role of owners, the influence of the family on the development of social capital, the diverse links among the various dimension of social capital, the transfer of tacit knowledge during business successions, and the construct of the tacit knowledge climate. Therefore, the primary research question addressed in this dissertation is: How does family involvement influence the development of components of social capital and tacit knowledge in privately held firms, and to what extent does the development of these strategic resources have an impact on firm performance? The research question is answered on the basis of empirical research presented in this dissertation. All studies rely on a quantitative research method. Chapter 2 examines ownership social capital. The study focuses on a random sample of 708 privately held family and non-family firms with multiple owners. Chapter 3 investigates the relation between ownership social capital and product innovation. Chapter 4 looks at the impact of spousal social capital on the financial performance of copreneurial businesses. Chapter 5 explores the relation between the transfer of tacit knowledge and post-succession continuity.

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PublisherRoutledge, 2013
ISBN0415636221, 978041563622

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P Benneworth, R Rutten

Innovation - the process of obtaining, understanding, applying, transforming, managing and transferring knowledge - is a result of human collaboration, but it has become an increasingly complex process, with a growing number of interacting parties involved. Lack of innovation is not necessarily caused by lack of technology or lack of will to innovate, but often by social and cultural forces that jeopardize the cognitive processes and prevent potential innovation. This book focuses on the rule of social capital in the process of innovation: the social networks and the norms; values and attitudes (such as trust) of the actors; social capital as both bonding and bridging links between actors; and social capital as a feature at all spatial levels, from the single inventor to the transnational corporation. Contributors from a wide variety of countries and disciplines explore the cultural framework of innovation through empirics, case studies and examination of conceptual and methodological dilemmas.

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PublisherRoutledge, 2013
ISBN0415636221,978041563622

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R Rutten, D Irawati

Innovation - the process of obtaining, understanding, applying, transforming, managing and transferring knowledge - is a result of human collaboration, but it has become an increasingly complex process, with a growing number of interacting parties involved. Lack of innovation is not necessarily caused by lack of technology or lack of will to innovate, but often by social and cultural forces that jeopardize the cognitive processes and prevent potential innovation. This book focuses on the rule of social capital in the process of innovation: the social networks and the norms; values and attitudes (such as trust) of the actors; social capital as both bonding and bridging links between actors; and social capital as a feature at all spatial levels, from the single inventor to the transnational corporation. Contributors from a wide variety of countries and disciplines explore the cultural framework of innovation through empirics, case studies and examination of conceptual and methodological dilemmas.

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PublisherRoutledge, July 2012
ISBN978-0415688482, 0415688485
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N Bellini, M Danson, H Halkier, eds.

Across Europe, regional development agencies (RDAs) have become a central feature of regional policy, both as innovative policy-makers and as the implementers of programmes and initiatives originating from the national or European level. By drawing on a combination of conceptual reflection, surveys, comparative research, and systematic use of critical case studies, this book provides a new point of reference by identifying key features of the current, and, indeed next, generation of regionally-based economic development organisations.

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