A methodological framework for ascertaining the social capital of environmental community organisations in urban Australia
Dhakal, S 2014, 'A methodological framework for ascertaining the social capital of environmental community organisations in urban Australia', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 34, no. 11/12, pp. 730-746.
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the level of social capital in environmental community organisations (ECOs) in Perth, Western Australia. On a general level, social capital in ECOs is understood as intra-organisational and inter-organisational relationships that organisations maintain through interactions. Design/methodology/approach: This paper utilises quantitative (i.e. survey) as well as qualitative (i.e. interviews) approaches to data collection and analysis. It proposes a methodological framework to measure the level of social capital, and explores the association between the ascertained level of social capital and organisational capabilities. Findings: The results of the survey and interviews reveal that while the level of social capital is needs based, maintaining a higher intensity of organisational relationships puts ECOs in a better position to do more with less. Research limitations/implications: The findings advance the task of ascertaining the level of social capital in ECOs from organisational interactions perspective. Originality/value: This paper captures a community organisation-specific methodological framework to measure and analyse social capital.