competitive advantage, employee mobility constraints, human capital
The strategy literature often emphasizes firm-specific human capital as a source of competitive advantage based on the assumption that it constrains employee mobility. This paper first identifies three boundary conditions that limit the applicability of this logic. It then offers a more comprehensive framework of human capital-based advantage that explores both demand- and supply-side mobility constraints. The critical insight is that these mobility constraints have more explanatory power than the firm-specificity of human capital.
Original Publication Citation
Campbell, B., Coff, R. & Kryscynski, D., 2012. Re-thinking Sustained Competitive Advantage from Human Capital. Academy of Management Review. 37 (3): 376-395.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Campbell, Benjamin; Coff, Russell; and Kryscynski, David, "Rethinking Sustained Competitive Advantage from Human Capital" (2012). Faculty Publications. 1977.
Academy of Management
Marriott School of Management
© 2012 Academy of Management. This is the author's submitted version of this article. The publisher's version can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amr.2010.0276
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