Title

Investing in social capital to achieve effective partnerships : a study in Malawi

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Paul Ventura

Abstract

The World Bank describes social capital as the "norms and social relations embedded in social structures that enable people to coordinate action to achieve desired goals". This is a study done in Malawi to addresses how social capital within an organization can affect an internal as well as external partnership. A questionnaire was devised using eight respondents between Catholic Relief Services/Malawi and Catholic Development Commission in Malawi to see how social capital was impacting the partnership. The research suggests to have social capital one does not have to be personal friends with internal or external professional colleagues, but mutual respect, openness, communication and trust are necessary if the partnerships are to be effective and achieve success through a shared vision. In the era of globalization, mergers and acquisitions, it is relevant to see how best to not only build tangible capital, such as human capital, but also intangible capital, such as social capital to achieve successful and effective partnerships between non-governmental organizations.

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