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The best work on measuring social capital I have found is:
Van Der Gaag, Snijders T. A. B. 2003a, May. ICS: University of Gronigen,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Unpublished Report.
Van Der Gaag, Snijders T. A. B. 2003b, November. A comparison of measures
for individual social capital. ICS: University of Gronigen, Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam, Unpublished Report.
They have a web site.
At 02:34 PM 2/17/2004 +0000, Claire.Gubbins wrote:
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>I am currently designing my research instrument- a questionnaire to be
>distributed on-line- for my research. The questionnaire is essentially
>complete and is also quiet long! However, as I want to ensure that I don't
>forget anything before I send it out, could someone please advise me as to
>I am focusing on social capital and career outcomes (intrinsic e.g. job
>satisfaction and extrinsic e.g. salary). My sample is Human Resource
>Development professionals in Ireland. I wish to measure their social capital
>(weak tie and structural hole) by asking the respondent questions such as:
>* Name (initials) 3 people who have acted to help your career
>* For each of these 3 contacts I ask for:
>* relationship to respondent
>* closeness to respondent
>* frequency of contact
>* time known to respondent
> 1) Will these questions provide me with enough information to
>measure weak/strong ties and structural holes?
> 2) Given that I am going to put this questionnaire on-line and the
>package I am using puts the responses to the questionnaires into a database,
>which database do you recommend I use to store the responses to the social
>capital measures until I analyse them? e.g. excel
> If there is further information I can give you to make this question
>clearer then please don't hesitate to ask. There seem to be very few people
>in my University here knowledgeable in this area so I am relying strongly on
> Any and all advic or guidance on this query greatly appreciated.
>Department of Personnel & Employment Relations & HRM Research Group
>College of Business
>Kemmy Business School
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