Corporate Social Capital and Liability

  • Roger Th. A. J. Leenders
  • Shaul M. Gabbay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shaul M. Gabbay, Roger T. A. J. Leenders
      Pages 1-14
  3. Conceptual Issues theory, models, and measurement

  4. Structure at the Individual Level social capital in jobs and careers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Peter V. Marsden, Elizabeth H. Gorman
      Pages 180-196
    3. Henk Flap, Ed Boxman
      Pages 197-216
  5. Structure at the Individual Level social capital and management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Pamela R. Haunschild, Andrew D. Henderson, Alison Davis-Blake
      Pages 266-283
    3. Martin Gargiulo, Mario Benassi
      Pages 298-322
    4. Daniel J. Brass, Giuseppe Labianca
      Pages 323-338
  6. Structure at the Firm Level social capital in collaboration and alliances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Bart Nooteboom
      Pages 341-355
    3. Onno Omta, Wouter van Rossum
      Pages 356-375
    4. Laurel Smith-Doerr, Jason Owen-Smith, Kenneth W. Koput, Walter W. Powell
      Pages 390-408
    5. Christine Harland
      Pages 409-427
  7. Structure at the Firm Level social capital and financial capital

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 429-429
    2. John Freeman
      Pages 460-479
    3. Roger T. A. J. Leenders, Shaul M. Gabbay
      Pages 483-494
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 495-563

About this book


In studies of inter-organizational relations (lOR's), there is a tendency to look at dyads of flrms, and to consider networks as aggregates of such dyads. But there are several roles for a third party; a go-between. This chapter looks at a go-between not in the sense of a middleman who intermediates in existing production or trade, such as an agent, wholesaler, retailer, and not in the sense of an entrepreneur who intermediates in the realization of new potential in connecting supply and demand. It looks at a go­ between in the sense of a relationship counsellor for the development and maintenance of social capital; providing support in setting up, adapting and ending cooperative relations between others. Or, in yet different terms: to help in the embedding of relati­ ons, in Granovetter's (1985) sense (Uzzi 1997a). Such roles may be performed by middlemen or entrepreneurs, but also by specialized agents who do not playa direct role in linking stages in a chain of production and distribution, as middlemen and entrepreneurs typically do. Indeed, some of the roles require an independence that is served by not having a direct stake in the relations that need to be developed. I propose that the analysis yields a perspective for looking at the roles of trade and industry associations in European business systems, and of banks and trading houses in Japanese enterprise groups (Kigyo Shudan).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roger Th. A. J. Leenders
    • 1
  • Shaul M. Gabbay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Management and OrganizationUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering and ManagementTechnion — Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael

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