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Journal Issue
Volume 9 Issue 3, ECIC 2011 / Sep 2011  pp181‑295

Editor: Geoff Turner, Clemente Minonne

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Knowledge Sharing as an Enabler of Virtual Business  pp181‑187

John Girard, Cindy Gordon, JoAnn Girard

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Virtual Embeddedness and Social Media as a Basis for the Relational Capital Management of new Ventures  pp188‑203

Eleni Magdalini Vasileiadou, Magdalena Missler-Behr

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Social Capital Management in Iranian Knowledge‑Based Organizations  pp204‑210

Khodayar Abili

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Abstract

The importance of social capital and its effective management approach in organizations, particularly knowledge‑based organizations, for assuring their ongoing and sustainable development and competitive advantage has been a matter of serious discussion in recent years. Considering the ongoing expansion and growth of knowledge‑based organizations in Iran and the role and importance of their social capital in further development of Iranian society, an effective system of management of their social capital is a matter of concern of their top managers. Therefore, a blend (quantitative and qualitative) multiple case study was conducted with a selected number of knowledge‑based organizations with different sizes to assess their existing social capital, to identify factors which might have positive or negative impacts on the promotion of their social capital and to propose an effective approach for its management. To conduct the study, a purposive sample of fifteen large organizations and sixteen SMEs was selected. To collect the data, a stratified random sample of 528 knowledge workers (336 from large and 192 from MEs) and their HRM managers were given a 24‑item questionnaire which was designed based on three dimensions (structural, relational and cognitive) of Organizational Social Capital Model used by Nahapiet and Ghoshal in their study. This was followed by semi‑structured interviews with a selected number of research participants for completion and further clarification of collected data. Findings indicated that the selected knowledge‑based organizations are not benefiting from a desirable social capital. It is even worse in large organizations. Therefore, some measures need to be taken to improve the situation. Based on the findings of this study, suggestions were provided for the promotion of their social capitals and their more effective management 

 

Keywords: social capital, organizational social capital, knowledge-based organizations, SMEs, structural capital, relational capital, cognitive capital

 

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Developing and Implementing Strategies to Enhance Intellectual Capital in the Online Learning Environment  pp211‑220

Bob Barrett

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IC and Knowledge Formation by Hidden Structures … Long Term Costs of new Technology and Participative Design  pp221‑235

Klaus Bruno Schebesch

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Modeling Organizational Knowledge Dynamics: Using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)  pp236‑247

Constantin Bratianu, Adriana Agapie, Ivona Orzea

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Knowledge Management for Knowledge Workers  pp248‑258

Ludmila Mladkova

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Relationship between Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Hidden Wealth over the period 2000‑2008: An International Study  pp259‑270

Víctor Raul López Ruiz, Jose Luis Alfaro Navarro, Domingo Nevado Pena

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Intellectual Capital and Corporate Performance  pp271‑283

Agnes Maciocha, Jerzy Kisielnicki

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The Mediating Effects of Sensemaking and Measurement on the Intellectual Capital and Performance Linkage  pp284‑295

Donley Carrington, Mike Tayles

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