15. Organizational Networks and Social Capital

  1. D. Douglas Caulkins3 and
  2. Ann T. Jordan4
  1. Gunnar Lind Haase Svendsen1 and
  2. Christian Waldstrøm2

Published Online: 2 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch15

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

How to Cite

Svendsen, G. L. H. and Waldstrøm, C. (2012) Organizational Networks and Social Capital, in A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (eds D. D. Caulkins and A. T. Jordan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 4

    University of North Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Danish Centre for Rural Research, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

  2. 2

    Aarhus University, Denmark

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199827

Online ISBN: 9781118325513



  • bonding social capital;
  • bridging social capital;
  • collective goods;
  • Danish Cooperative Dairy Movement;
  • organizational networks;
  • private goods;
  • social capital ownership


This chapter presents a framework for understanding organizational networks and social capital through the lens of “social capital ownership” as well as the private and collective goods provided through this ownership. More specifically, it argues that ownership of social capital in organizations is closely connected to four types of social capital – two belonging to the bridging social capital type, and two belonging to the bonding social capital type. The chapter first reviews literature on organizational social capital and then directly focuses on ownership of social capital in organizations, as well as the derived benefits, or losses. Next, the chapter presents an empirical case apt to illustrate the theoretical findings in part one, namely the nineteenth-century Danish Cooperative Dairy Movement (Svendsen and Svendsen 2004). It is demonstrated how social capital among Danish peasants was established within this movement, leading to economic progress and collective good provision.