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 7: Human capital resource emergence: a commentary

Albert A. Cannella Jr and Valerie A. Sy


The purpose of this chapter is to provide commentary from a macro perspective about researching the emergence of strategic human capital resources. We briefly comment on the starting point chapter provided by Eckardt and Jiang, and further explain five issues that we see in studying the phenomenon of human capital resource emergence (HCRE). The issues we discuss are: 1) the broad concept of emergence; 2) the lack of agency in previous HCRE research; 3) bargaining power with respect to HCRE; 4) exogenous factors contributing to HCRE and impacting maintenance as well as the definition of resources; and 5) methodological concerns for HCRE moving forward. We aim to provide a thought-provoking perspective on strategic human capital resource emergence.

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