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 21: The vital role of teams in the mobilization of strategic human capital resources

Robert E. Ployhart and Gilad Chen


Small groups and teams are the building blocks of modern organizations. Organizations that better utilize groups and teams deigns should manifest greater human capital resource flexibility, performance, and transfer of knowledge and innovation. Hence, it is sensible that the human capital architecture should be focused on meso-level (groups and teams) constructs and processes. Yet, as we discuss in this chapter, research on the mobilization of strategic human capital resources needs to give much more explicit attention to groups and teams than it has to date. We take a simple position: significant advancements will occur in the field of strategic human capital resources by integrating research with meso-level theorizing on groups and teams. By introducing meso-level theory to research on strategic human capital resources, our field will be able to far better articulate the important social reality of contemporary business, and the implications of such reality to the utilization of human capital resources.

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