Social Capital in the Knowledge Economy: Theory and Empirics / Edition 1

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This book analyzes the social capital of the growing knowledge economy, from both theoretical and empirical points of view. The theoretical section discusses social capital as an economic concept, developing a theory of the social capital of the enterprise. The empirical section compares aspects of the social capital of three different socio-economic systems: the US, Japan and Sweden. The book discusses a number of issues for further research.

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"The book contains 14 chapters … . are very rich in new concepts, theories, ideas, representing a first-class contribution to the development of the literature devoted to social capital. … The whole book is written in a very exciting style, which invites the reader to reflect on the new ideas expressed … . It is a very helpful book not only for experienced academics and researchers but also for postgraduate and PhD students … . I congratulate Hans Westlund for this outstanding accomplishment … ." (Daniela-Luminita Constantin, Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 2 (1), 2008)

"Westlund’s book is devoted to considering SC as a legitimate component of capital in the traditional economic triumvirate of land, labor, and capital. … The book is well written and sociologically relevant … . is richly referenced, with well over 300 sources cited, and, impressively, across a wide of range of disciplines, including sociology, political science, social theory, regional science, economics, and economic geography. This makes it a valuable resource for anyone interested in research on SC." (Howard Stafford, Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48 (3), 2008)

“Westlund writes that economic growth depends on importing and integrating external knowledge, producing new knowledge, innovating new products using newly acquired or created knowledge, and using new knowledge to market new products … . He provides overviews of the relevant histories of the places and the industries. … I enjoyed reading this book mainly because of the survey of the literature it provides. … This is a good reference book.” (Maureen Kilkenny, Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 87 (1), March, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642071256
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/24/2010
  • Series: Advances in Spatial Science Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Social Capital as an Economic Concept.- Social Capital as Capital in the Economic Sense.- Social Capital as a Spatial Externality.- The Social Capital of the Enterprise.- Social Capital and Entrepreneurship.- Social Capital and Innovation: Actors and Policies.- Why Compare Sweden, Japan and USA/California?.- Social Capital Expressed in the Form of Labor Market Relations.- Social Capital and Institutions for Growth, Innovation and Renewal.- Civil Society’s Social Capital.- The Knowledge-Intensive Biotech Industry: Structures and Policies.- The Biotech Industry’s Social Capital: An Empirical Study.- Some Forward Looking Comments.

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