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Understanding Interdependencies between Human Capital and Structural Capital

David O'Donnell

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/9780199532162.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Understanding Interdependencies between Human Capital and Structural Capital

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The purpose of this article is to address and begin to explore interdependencies between human capital and structural capital. It provides a brief, if somewhat critical, recent history of the emergence of the intellectual capital (IC) concept and how a largely taxonomic approach, and forms of neopositivist research, became institutionalized. The broad outlines of four approaches to addressing the agency–structure debate in social theory – namely, reductionist, determinist, conflationist, and relationist/realist – are very briefly discussed to set the scene for providing a skeletal outline of a Kantian pragmatist approach, which is relationist/realist, in this article. This is the kernel of the future-oriented approach to IC research advocated here to overcome the limits of both extant taxonomies and neopositivist worldviews. The conclusion reached is that future research from a Kantian pragmatist perspective has the potential to substantively enhance the understanding in this complex field.

Keywords: human capital; structural capital; intellectual capital; Kantian pragmatist approach; IC research

Article.  10346 words. 

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

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