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A methodological framework for ascertaining the social capital of environmental community organisations in urban Australia

A methodological framework for ascertaining the social capital of environmental community... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the level of social capital in environmental community organisations (ECOs) in Perth, Western Australia. On a general level, social capital in ECOs is understood as intra-organisational and inter-organisational relationships that organisations maintain through interactions. Design/methodology/approach – This paper utilises quantitative (i.e. survey) as well as qualitative (i.e. interviews) approaches to data collection and analysis. It proposes a methodological framework to measure the level of social capital, and explores the association between the ascertained level of social capital and organisational capabilities. Findings – The results of the survey and interviews reveal that while the level of social capital is needs based, maintaining a higher intensity of organisational relationships puts ECOs in a better position to do more with less. Research limitations/implications – The findings advance the task of ascertaining the level of social capital in ECOs from organisational interactions perspective. Originality/value – This paper captures a community organisation-specific methodological framework to measure and analyse social capital. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Emerald Publishing

A methodological framework for ascertaining the social capital of environmental community organisations in urban Australia

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0144-333X
DOI
10.1108/IJSSP-12-2013-0124
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the level of social capital in environmental community organisations (ECOs) in Perth, Western Australia. On a general level, social capital in ECOs is understood as intra-organisational and inter-organisational relationships that organisations maintain through interactions. Design/methodology/approach – This paper utilises quantitative (i.e. survey) as well as qualitative (i.e. interviews) approaches to data collection and analysis. It proposes a methodological framework to measure the level of social capital, and explores the association between the ascertained level of social capital and organisational capabilities. Findings – The results of the survey and interviews reveal that while the level of social capital is needs based, maintaining a higher intensity of organisational relationships puts ECOs in a better position to do more with less. Research limitations/implications – The findings advance the task of ascertaining the level of social capital in ECOs from organisational interactions perspective. Originality/value – This paper captures a community organisation-specific methodological framework to measure and analyse social capital.

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International Journal of Sociology and Social PolicyEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 7, 2014

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