Intellectual Capital Configurations and Organizational Capability: An Empirical Examination of Human Resource Subunits in the Multinational Enterprise

Published on Aug 1, 2011in Journal of International Business Studies7.724
· DOI :10.1057/jibs.2011.14
Shad S. Morris12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Max M. Fisher College of Business),
Scott A. Snell39
Estimated H-index: 39
(UVA: University of Virginia)
Building on the organizational capabilities literature and theories of the multinational enterprise, this paper develops and tests a framework that examines the relationship between intellectual capital configurations and organizational capabilities in human resource (HR) subunits. Looking at 187 subunits from 20 MNEs, findings show that intellectual capital dimensions vary in their usefulness for generating, sharing, and implementing HR management practices. In particular, while certain resources may help in the development of one capability, they may harm the development of another. Implications are that an organization's intellectual capital investments will differ, depending on the desired capability.
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