Developing organizational knowledge and learning capabilities: synergistic relationships of human capital, strategic human resource management and human resource management

Kong, Eric (2010) Developing organizational knowledge and learning capabilities: synergistic relationships of human capital, strategic human resource management and human resource management. The International Journal of Learning, 17 (5). pp. 63-80. ISSN 1447-9494


Abstract

Very little systematic research today has examined synergistic relationships of human capital (HC), strategic human resource management (SHRM) and human resource management (HRM) in relation to the development, utilization, and dissemination of knowledge and learning capabilities in organizations. Findings from a series of in-depth qualitative interviews with 35 nonprofit executives from 22 Australian nonprofit organizations revealed that synergistic relationships of HC, SHRM and HRM created value that was larger than the total sum of all three concepts, and that relationships acted as catalysts in developing, utilizing and diffusing organizational knowledge and learning capabilities. The paper helps to build a nascent body of literature arguing that synergistic relationships exist among the three salient concepts and resources should be invested in the three concepts not only separately, but also synergistically. Also, it assists to clarify the three seemingly very similar and yet different concepts. The paper is considered as a starting point and serves as a milestone for understanding the significance of synergistic relationships of the three concepts in nonprofit organizations. The increased awareness of the synergistic relationships likely generates further research both within and outside the nonprofit sector. Research limitations and future research directions will be discussed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 04:35
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: human capital; strategic human resource management; human resource management; knowledge and learning capabilities; nonprofit organizations
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350709 Organisation and management theory
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350503 Human resources management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8838

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