The Emergence of Social Capital in Social Purchasing Portals in Canada

Abstract

This paper describes our study of the emergence of social capital in a job creation framework called the Social Purchasing Portal (SPP), which has evolved over the past five years in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has spread more recently to several other Canadian cities. We provide an overview of the framework of the Social Purchasing Portal and the context in which the SPP wascreated, and define the concept of social capital. Our interviews of the SPP founders in five locations demonstrate the importance of bonded networks within sector groups before attempting to build bridges between the civic and private enterprises

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