Exploring human capital: putting ‘human’ back into strategic human resource management
Version of Record online: 14 FEB 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Human Resource Management Journal
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 93–104, April 2011
How to Cite
Wright, P. M. and McMahan, G. C. (2011), Exploring human capital: putting ‘human’ back into strategic human resource management. Human Resource Management Journal, 21: 93–104. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-8583.2010.00165.x
- Issue online: 14 MAR 2011
- Version of Record online: 14 FEB 2011
The field of strategic human resource management has seemingly rediscovered human capital with increasing research focused on human capital as a mediator in the relationship between HR practices and performance. In this paper we review human capital definitions and measurement approaches within this literature. We then identify some of the issues emerging with human capital research. Finally, we propose some future directions for research on human capital in organisations.