Strategic Human Capital Interest Group

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The Strategic Human Capital Interest Group promotes research addressing the role of human capital in firm performance. Scholarship that is interdisciplinary and/or considers human capital at multiple levels of analysis is especially welcomed.

Strategic Human Capital Playlist

Questions We Attempt to Answer

Examples of the types of questions included in this conceptual space are the following:

  • How can firms purposefully create valuable firm-level human capital heterogeneity?
  • What are the mechanisms that link human capital to firm-level outcomes?
  • How do firms best manage the value appropriation challenges presented by “star” employees?
  • To what extent can firms gain competitive advantage through “people?”
  • Why and how do competitive interactions within labor markets (e.g., talent poaching) differ from competitive interactions in other strategic factor markets?
  • How do management practices that enhance the strategic value of human capital diffuse?
  • What factors explain differences in human capital productivity within industries?
  • How does human capital emerge and interact with other forms of intellectual capital (e.g., social capital, organizational capital) to influence firm-level outcomes?

SHC Best Paper Winners


  • Explicit and Tacit Mechanisms for the Diffusion of Management Practices by Thomaz Teodorovicz
  • Jack of All Trades Or a Master of Management? Career Rewards from building Generalist Skills by Shinjinee Chattopadhyay and Shinjae Won
  • Machine Learning and Human Capital: Experimental Evidence on How Domain-Specific Expertise Can Mitigate Biased Predictions by Raj Choudhury
  • Path to Growth: Human Capital’s Role from Initial Public Offering (IPO) to Acquisition by Kris Irwin, Theresa Welbourne and Justin DeSimone
  • Specialists, Generalists and Team Performance: Evidence from Random Assignment in e-Sports by Kenny Ching, Enrico Forti and Evan Rawley
  • When to Put the Best to Rest: Star Human Capital and Firm Adaptation by Victoria Sevcenko
  • Where’s Wally? Identification and Retention of Valuable Co-Specialized Human Capital by Eirik Sjaholm Knudsen and Ivan Belik
  • Who Exits and Who Stays? The Impact of Core Experience on Chances of Inventor Exit by Mayank Varshney and Amit Jain


  • Demand-side Attributes and Resource Reconfiguration in Human Asset Intensive Firms Phillip Meyer-Doyle, John Mawdsley, & Olivier Chatain
  • Employee Mobility Barriers and Inventor Collaborativeness in Firms Eunkwang Seo & Deepak Somaya
  • Integrating the Acqui-hires: The Effect of Know-how Type on Integration Choices of Acquirers Beril Boyacioglu & Mahmut N. Ozdemir
  • Managing Rejection to Improve Women’s Representation in Talent Pipelines Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Brian Rubineau, & Venkat Kuppuswamy
  • The Concentration of Talent Sourcing: Source Strength, Recruiter Power, and Organizational Performance Rhett Brymer, John-Patrick Paraskevas, & Lisa Ellram
  • When Losers Become Leavers: Rejection and Turnover in Internal Labor Markets JR Keller & Kathryn Dlugos


  • Bundling Supply-Side Constraints: When Firms use Carrots and/or Sticks as Mobility Constraints Evan Starr & David Kryscynski
  • Homesick or Homerun? Distance from Home and Employee Productivity – Natural Experiment from India Prithwiraj Choudhury & Ohchan Kwon
  • Host Country Consequences of MNC Closures – Can Young Firms Hire Displaced Professionals? Wolfgang Sofka, Pedro de Faria, Miguel Torres Preto, & Bernardo M. Pimentel
  • Innovating for the Better? The Role of Advocacy Group Work Experience for Employee Pay Christoph Grimpe, Ulrich Kaiser & Wolfgang Sofka 
  • Occupational Concentration, Job Mobility, and Transition to Self-Employment Gorkem Aksaray
  • The External Aspect of CEO Humility: The Effect of Lower Expectations on Market Performance Oleg Petrenko, Federico Aime, Tessa Recendes, Lei Xu, & Jeff Chandler
  • When Does Paying More Pay Off? Hazhir Rahmandad & Zeynep Ton


  • Dancing with the Stars: Benefits of a Star Employee’s Temporary Absence for Organizational Performance by John Chen and Pranav Garg
  • Do Individuals and Teams Respond Differently to Colocated Competitors Under Different Contract Choices? by Francisco Brahm and Marcos Singer
  • Ethics of Sorting Talent on Wall Street by Pooria Assadi
  • Executive Mobility and Resource Configuration in Complex Environments by Sekou Bermiss
  • Leveraging Who You Know by What You Know: Returns to Relational and Human Capital by Heejung Byun, Justin Frake and Rajshree Agarwal


  • How Performance Incentives Shape Individual Exploration and Exploitation: Evidence from Micro Data by Sunkee Lee & Philipp Meyer-Doyle
  • Let Them Go? How Losing Employees to Competitors can Enhance Firm Status by David Tan & Christopher Rider
  • Leveraging Social Affiliations: How Transacting with Socially-affiliated Clients Impacts Expert and Firm Performance by Timothy GublerTalent Matching as a Dynamic Capability: Integrating Economic and Strategic Human Resource Management Perspectives by Ingo Weller & Anthony Nyberg
  • When Do Firms Invest in Developing Rookies? by Amit Chauradia

2020 Fall Newsletter