Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Structural holes

Trying to get my head round bridging and structural holes so found a couple of papers by Burt. He writes:
"The outsider proposing an idea that bridges groups has to borrow social capital in the sense that she has to work through a strategic partner, a person who has the social capital of a network that spans structural holes."
This is what consultants have to do - use social capital and bridge holes.

Burt, R., The social capital of structural holes accessed from http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/ronald.burt/research/SCSH.pdf (page 237)
Burt, R., Structured holes versus network closure accessed from http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/ronald.burt/research/SHNC.pdf

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