Handbook of Research on Strategic Human Capital Resources
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Handbook of Research on Strategic Human Capital Resources

Edited by Anthony J. Nyberg and Thomas P. Moliterno

Strategic human capital resources are a relatively new construct with a scholarly literature that is still evolving. Work in this area requires the integration of multiple theoretical perspectives and empirical approaches, but that integration rarely occurs. Within these pages, the editors have combined the voices of leading scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to provide a comprehensive introduction to the current state of the field.
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Chapter 30: Human enterprise

Rajshree Agarwal


Human capital—defined as the knowledge, experiences, and skills of an individual—focuses on the importance of human capabilities. In contrast, human enterprise—defined as engaging in systematic, purposeful activity that may be daring or difficult—incorporates the important role of human aspirations in both shaping and benefiting from human capabilities. In this thought piece, I articulate some preliminary ideas, informed by recent work on the role of individual enterprise in nascent firms and industries, for how scholarship in strategy and entrepreneurship may benefit from expanding our conceptualization of individuals in the workplace beyond “human capital” to “human enterprise.”

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