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 13: Social capital and human capital co-emergence: a socialized view of emergent human capital resources

Alia Crocker


Investigations of human capital resources in the firm can be enriched by considering social relations and context. Human capital resource emergence includes many interconnections between human and social capital. I take an expanded approach to understanding the value of emergent human capital resources by developing an integrated view that includes internal and external social capital sourced at the individual and unit level. In doing so, I explain how unit-level social capital co-emerges with unit-level human capital resources; in addition to individual member KSAOs and in-unit social capital, those in the unit can also access external social capital for strategic use. Valuable co-emergence relates to opaque sub-processes that include aspects of task interdependence, time sequence, complementary and substitutable relationships, as well as mobility. To this end, I introduce a recursive model whereby value flows via individuals across units as human and social capital reciprocally shape one another and influence other levels.

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