Wal-Mart and Social Capital: Builder, Destroyer, or Both?

Ran Zhang; Largay, III, James A.
May 2009
Academy of Management Perspectives;May2009, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p98
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study on Wal-Mart company's impact on social capital and on the communities in which Wal-Mart locates its stores. Researchers Art Carden of Rhodes College, Charles Courtemanche of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Jeremy Meiners of Agrem LLC say that their study does not support the conclusion of previous studies which suggest that Wal-Mart has a negative impact on the local communities and reduces social capital. The effect of the company's rapid growth in the United States on a community's living patterns, on consumers' expectations for prices, and on the structure of distribution in the retail trade are mentioned.


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