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Dr.ir. M. van der Gaag

  • Telephone:+31 20 59 83835
  • E-mail:m.p.j.vander.gaag@vu.nl
  • Unit:faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afdeling organisatiewetenschappen )
  • Position:Lecturer

Monday and Wednesday


The measurement of social capital seen from the perspective of the individual, its social network dimensions (relationships, key attributes of network members, social resources and network structure), and their quantification. Networking in real life: practical skills, consultancy and consequences, and their integration with research findings. See also http://xs4all.nl/~gaag/work; www.lared.nl


  • The wording of resource- and position-based social capital item lists for specific populations, e.g. geographic regions, occupational and organisational fields and other topically defined subgroups
  • Where to draw the line between hierarchical and social relationships in social capital exchanges in organisations? Where does task-oriented and contractually demanded behaviour end, and where does social network behaviour, and resulting organisational citizenship behaviour start?
  • Negative effects of social networks, and providing a mirror image taxonomy of these in complement to generally positively worded effects of social capital
  • Quantifying social capital into economic value



Publications (Source: METIS VU)

  • Bekkers, R.; Völker, B.; Van der Gaag, M.P.J.; Flap, H.D. (2008) Social networks of participants in voluntary associations. Contribution to Lin, N.; Erickson, B. (eds.) "Social capital: advances in research"; Oxford University Press.
  • Van der Gaag, M.P.J.; Snijders, T.A.B.; Flap, H.D. (2008) Position Generator measures and their relationship to other social capital measures. Contribution to Lin, N.; Erickson, B. (eds.) "Social capital: advances in research"; Oxford University Press.
  • Van der Gaag, M.P.J.; Webber, M. (2007) Measurement of Individual Social Capital: Questions, Instruments, and Measures. Contribution to Kawachi, I; Subramanian S.V.; Kim , D. (eds.) “Social Capital and Health”. Springer.
  • Schaefers, F.; Van der Gaag, M.P.J.; Backer, A. (2007) Dwalen door het verleden: geschiedenis van doolhoven in Nederland. Pp.25-46 in: Schaefers, F.; Backer, A. “Gids: doolhoven en labyrinten in Nederland”. Rotterdam: De Hef.
  • Van der Gaag, M.P.J. (2005) The measurement of individual social capital. Groningen: Ph.D dissertation.
  • Van der Gaag, M.P.J.; Snijders, T.A.B. (2005) The Resource Generator: measurement of individual social capital with concrete items. Social Networks 27:1-29.
  • Van der Gaag, M.P.J.; Snijders, T.A.B. (2004) Proposals for the measurement of individual social capital. Pp.199-218 in: Flap, H.D.; Völker, B. (eds.) "Creation and returns of Social Capital". London: Routledge.
  • Van der Gaag, M.P.J.; Snijders, T.A.B. (2003) A comparison of measures for individual social capital. Paper presented at the conference "Creation and returns of Social Capital"; october 30-31, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • De Graaf, C.; Van der Gaag, M.; Kafatos, A.; Lennernäs, M.; Kearney, J.M. (1997) Stages of dietary change among nationally-representative samples of adults in the European Union. European Journal Clinical Nutrition 51:S47-S56.

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