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How to increase social capital of organizations: identifying the role of informal learning behaviors

Nidheesh Joseph (Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli , Tiruchirappalli, India)
Abhishek Totawar (Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli , Tiruchirappalli, India)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 4 August 2020

Issue publication date: 29 March 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the role of informal learning behaviors in increasing the social capital of organizations. The paper provides a brief overview of social capital and informal learning and proposes to interlink them for increasing knowledge capability of organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on a review of social capital theory and informal learning behaviors, this article presents a conceptual approach for practitioners to deploy informal learning behaviors to increase social capital and subsequently, the knowledge capability of their organizations.

Findings

With the fast-changing global business scenario and limited availability of capital to invest in formal training behaviors, organizations continue to face difficulties in increasing their knowledge capability. This article suggests a simple, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy method of employing informal learning behaviors to build and sustain social capital and through it the knowledge capabilities of organizations.

Originality/value

There is currently limited research into the applicability of using informal learning behaviors in the field of social capital and knowledge capability building.

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Citation

Joseph, N. and Totawar, A. (2021), "How to increase social capital of organizations: identifying the role of informal learning behaviors", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-02-2020-0041

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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