Social capital and knowledge creation: Diminishing returns of the number and strength of exchange relationships

Ann McFadyen, Albert A. Cannella

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    Abstract

    This study analyzed the relationship between social capital and knowledge creation at the individual level. Our limited theory of knowledge creation encompasses the number and strength of the relationships that a person maintains. Hypothesis tests in a sample of biomedical research scientists strongly supported predictions. As relationships increased in number, returns to knowledge creation diminished. Increased interactions with a single other showed a similar effect. The strength of interpersonal relations had a higher marginal effect on knowledge creation than the number of relations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)735-746
    Number of pages12
    JournalAcademy of Management Journal
    Volume47
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Oct 2004

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    Exchange relationships
    Social capital
    Knowledge creation
    Biomedical research
    Marginal effects
    Prediction
    Interaction
    Hypothesis test
    Interpersonal relations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy and Management
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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    Social capital and knowledge creation : Diminishing returns of the number and strength of exchange relationships. / McFadyen, Ann; Cannella, Albert A.

    In: Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 47, No. 5, 10.2004, p. 735-746.

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