Advancing the human capital perspective on value creation by joining capabilities and governance approaches

Joseph T. Mahoney, Yasemin Y. Kor

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Abstract

This paper elaborates on how the human capital perspective on value creation can be advanced by joining the capabilities and governance approaches. Investments in firmspecific human capital can be an important pathway to building and enhancing a firm's core competencies. Thus, it is vital to build mechanisms and systems that encourage the development and safeguarding of these human capital-based capabilities. Our paper unpacks the notion of firm-specific human capital and presents a view on why this form of human capital especially matters in today's business context. We review pitfalls and shortcomings of a traditional shareholder model and its likely impacts on investments in firm-specific human capital. Finally, we discuss mechanisms by which the firm-specific human capital development process can be stimulated and protected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-308
Number of pages13
JournalAcademy of Management Perspectives
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing

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