Strategic Human Capital Spring Seminar Series

The Strategic Human Capital Interest Group is delighted to invite you to participate in the upcoming Strategic Human Capital Spring Seminar Series! The three interactive online sessions will take place in April, May, and June on Zoom and will feature experts on the topic. Seminar attendees are invited to participate in Q&A, discussion, and breakouts during each session. All current SMS members are welcome to join by signing up on Zoom (see below for links). We hope that you will join us for one or all three sessions.  

Past Events

Strategic Human Capital Spring Seminar Series

Held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT (UTC -4) 

Experts: Heli Wang and David Kryscynski
Moderators: Samantha Conroy and Rhett Brymer

Firm-specificity is a foundational concept for human capital scholars since it has implications for mobility, appropriability, and competitive advantage. Recently, strategic human capital scholars have expanded our thinking to draw from, and re-examine, the foundations of firm-specificity and explore new directions for its characterization and implications. How has classic theory on firm-specificity changed? How might these changes shift the next decade of firm-specificity research? Experts David Kryscynski (Brigham Young U.) and Heli Wang (Singapore Management U.) will explore the recent developments in our thinking about firm-specificity and where this research may progress.


Friday, May 7, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am EDT (UTC -4) 

Experts: Sarah Kaplan and Raj Choudhury
Moderators: John Mawdsley and Samantha Conroy

Pandemics touch every aspect of society. This seminar addresses two important topics in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic: Workplace Inequality and Remote Work. Workplace inequality is pervasive. For example, it is well established that women face greater barriers for career progression compared to men. In this seminar, Sarah Kaplan (U. of Toronto) discusses how the pandemic has differentially affected women’s vs. men’s career opportunities, as well as how it has adversely affected marginalized minority groups. How can scholars use the pandemic to better understand the drivers of workplace inequality?  In our second topic, on Remote Work, Raj Choudhury (HBS) discusses how the pandemic has accelerated firms’ use of work-from-anywhere (WFA) policies. WFA allows employees to live in a location of their choice while remaining with the same employer. While there are benefits and risks to a WFA policy under stable conditions, what can we learn when this is implemented during pandemic? How might these changes affect the nature of future workplaces?

Held on Thursday, June 10th, 9:00am - 11:00am EDT (UTC -4) 

Experts: Rory Eckardt, Denisa Mindruta, and Evan Starr
Moderators:  Rhett Brymer and John Mawdsley

Have you ever thought of an interesting research question but do not know how to test it? Do you have great theory and data but struggle to develop an empirical design? Then this seminar is for you. We discuss the new empirical methods that promise to be important for Strategic Human Capital scholars in the next ten years. We bring together leading experts in three methodologies to discuss the research opportunities offered by cutting edge empirical techniques:  Rory Eckardt (Binghamton U.) discusses multilevel methods to measure and analyze emergent phenomena concerning how individual level human capital is transformed and amplified into a unit level resource; Denisa Mindruta (HEC Paris) discusses matching methods, such as two-sided matching in labor market contexts; and Evan Starr (U. of Maryland) provides insights into how to deal with issues of identification and endogeneity using econometric methods. 

New Methods in Strategic Human Capital Presentations

Rory Ecardt's Presentation
Additional References and Reading List
Denisa Mindruta's Presentation
Evan Starr's Presentation