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Human Capital, HR Strategy, and Organizational Effectiveness

Peter Boxall

in The Oxford Handbook of Human Capital

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199532162
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199532162.003.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Human Capital, HR Strategy, and Organizational Effectiveness

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Strategic human-resource management (HRM) is a management discipline concerned with analysing strategic problems, choices, and outcomes in the management of work and people in organizations. Organizations of all sizes – small, medium, and large – can be analysed from a strategic HRM perspective because all depend on some kind of ‘human resourcing’ process. The aim of this article is to analyse the role of human capital (HC) from a strategic HRM perspective. It starts by outlining basic premises about the nature of HC. The article then examines three questions that are important for the analysis of HC and its relationship with firms' HR strategies and performance. The first is concerned with strategic HR problems. The second examines strategic choices in HC. The third question enters the debate around the prized outcome of sustained competitive advantage.

Keywords: human-resource management; management discipline; organizations; human capital; HR strategies

Article.  8155 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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