publication . Thesis . 2005

Social capital generators? A case study of industry associations within the Vancouver new media cluster

Petrusevich, Michelle Regina;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2005
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
This thesis uses a case study approach to explore the question: "How do civic associations affect social capital formation in an industrial cluster?" The Vancouver new meda industry is the site of thls research, which is based on over seventy interviews, statistical information from published sources, qualitative and quantitative surveys, and participant observation. The study concludes that civic associations play a crucial role in influencing the production, quality, and amount of social capital in an industry. Although associations encounter a number of challenges, most notably related to inter-organizational politics and lack of resources, their influence on...
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Data Collection..........................................................................................................8.... Phase O n e : L t e r a t u r e Review ...............................................................................8. Phase Two: Industry Research ........................................................................9 Phase Three: Research Methods and Tools ......................................................1..1 ISRN Interviews ..................................................................................................... 11 Defining the N e s t Step .......................................................................................1..2. Follow u p Interviews ..........................................................................................1..3. Members' Surveys .................................................................................................1..4 Analysis ..................................................................................................................1..5

Social Capital and Communication ..........................................................................16 H i s t o r - o f Social Capital and Key Figures .........................................................1.7 What is Social Capital and Why is it Important? ...............................................2 0 Basic Components of Social Capital ....................................................................2 3 Methods for Measuring Social Capital..............................................................3. 0

Industry Associations ................................................................................................3. 2 Historical Overview of Associations ..................................................................3. 3

Civic Associations and Social Capital ....................................................................3..7 Correlation between Social a n d Political Involvement .....................................39 Social Capital a n d G o o d Government ...............................................................4 0 Social Capital a n d Social Benefit: Trust a n d Distribution ................................4 0 T h e DecLne of Social Capital .............................................................................4..1

Appendx A - ISRN General Interview Guide .......................................................................107

Appends B - ISRN Ciclc Association Interview Guide.......................................................112

Appendix C - General Follow up Interview Guide ..............................................................1.15

Appendlx D - Government Agency Follow up Interview Guide.........................................118

Appendix E - Indirect Research Question Guide ...................................................................121

A p p e n d s F - Member Survey Question Guide and Protocol ..............................................123

Appends G - Map of the Lower Mainland ...........................................................................1..28

Appendx H - Downtown Area of Vancouver (Yaletown and Gastown)..........................129

Relations ...................................................................................................................2..7..

New Meda Cluster .................................................................................................6..8..

Breakdown of Membershp Benefits ....................................................................6..9.

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