strategic human capital, theory, firm-specific human capital theory
The domain of strategic human capital is emerging at the intersection of strategy and strategic human resource management. Because it is still in the development phase, its core underlying assumptions have not yet solidified. This presents a unique and time-sensitive opportunity to explore and challenge these core assumptions and, specifically, to evaluate whether these assumptions mesh with the lived experiences of practicing managers. We argue that now is the time for the field to ground itself in practical phenomena so that its insights moving forward can be both academically rigorous and practically relevant. In this paper we illustrate the problems of theory for the sake of theory by systemically comparing the assumptions required in firm-specific human capital theory against the lived experiences of workers and managers. We then identify several phenomena that present new and useful opportunities to expand theory in the strategic human capital domain.
Original Publication Citation
Kryscynski, D. & Ulrich, D., 2015. Making Strategic Human Capital Relevant: A time Sensitive Opportunity. Academy of Management Perspectives. 29 (3): 357-369.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Kryscynski, David and Ulrich, Dave, "Making Strategic Human Capital Relevant: A Time-Sensitive Opportunity" (2015). All Faculty Publications. 1979.
Academy of Management
Marriott School of Management
© 2015 Academy of Management. All rights reserved. This is the author's submitted version of this article. The publisher's version can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amp.2014.0127
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