- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Foreword by Gary S. Becker
- List of Contributors
- An Economic Perspective on the Notion of ‘Human Capital’
- A Social Perspective: Exploring the Links between Human Capital and Social Capital
- Global Culture Capital and Cosmopolitan Human Capital: The Effects of Global Mindset and Organizational Routines on Cultural Intelligence and International Experience
- Cognition and Human Capital: The Dynamic Interrelationship between Knowledge and Behavior
- A Capital-Based Approach to the Firm: Reflections on the Nature and Scope of the Concept of Capital and its Extension to Intangibles
- Human Capital and Transaction Cost Economics
- Human Capital and Agency Theory
- Human Capital in the Resource-Based View
- Human Capital, Entrepreneurship, and the Theory of the Firm
- The Firm, Human Capital, and Knowledge Creation
- Human Capital, HR Strategy, and Organizational Effectiveness
- How Organizations Obtain the Human Capital they Need
- Aligning Human Capital with Organizational Needs
- Maximizing Value from Human Capital
- Accounting for Human Capital and Organizational Effectiveness
- Interdependencies between People in Organizations
- Understanding Interdependencies between Human Capital and Structural Capital: Some Directions from Kantian Pragmatism
- The Distributed and Dynamic Dimensions of Human Capital
- Human Capital and the Organization–Accommodation Relationship
- Interdependencies between People and Information Systems in Organizations
- Human Capital, Capabilities, and the Firm: Literati, Numerati, and Entrepreneurs in the Twenty-First-Century Enterprise
- Looking to the Future: Bringing Organizations Deeper into Human Capital Theory
- Human Capital Formation Regimes: States, Markets, and Human Capital in an Era of Globalization
- Human Capital in Developing Countries: The Significance of the Asian Experience
- The Future of Human Capital: An Employment Relations Perspective
Abstract and Keywords
This article argues that while people and information systems (ISs) represent the two single largest areas of investment for many organizations and are increasingly interconnected resources, there has been very little research on the nature of their interdependencies and how these interdependencies affect their functioning and complementarity. It discusses how a better understanding of the dynamics of interdependencies between people and ISs can help researchers study organizations and help organizations improve the interoperation of their human and technological assets, and thus returns on investments in them. The article begins by reviewing the concept of capital and its application to people – human capital – and information systems: ISs capital. Next, it surveys past literature on interdependencies and recent literature relating to interdependencies between people and information systems. Based on the analysis, the article proposes an agenda for future research aiming to conceptualize interdependencies between people and ISs in a richer fashion.
Andrew Burton-Jones is an Assistant Professor at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Information Systems from the University of Queensland and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. His first research stream seeks a deeper understanding of how well individuals and collectives use information systems. His second research stream seeks ways to improve methods for analyzing and designing systems in organizations. He has published in Data and Knowledge Engineering, Database for Advances in Information Systems, Information Systems Research, and MIS Quarterly, and he has received best paper awards from MIS Quarterly and the International Conference on Information Systems. Prior to his academic career he was a senior consultant in a Big-4 accounting/consulting firm.
Alan Burton-Jones heads an international management consultancy practice headquartered in Australia and is a senior visiting lecturer at New South Wales, Griffith and Bond Universities. His academic research focuses on the role of knowledge in organizations and the links between strategy, intellectual resources and organizational effectiveness. He is the author of Knowledge Capitalism: Business, Work and Learning in the New Economy (Oxford University Press, (1999) (Nikkei 2002) and his writings have also been published in a number of leading international journals. He contributed to the Australian government report on the knowledge-based economy in APEC countries (DISR 2000) ,the first national Knowledge Management Framework published by Standards Australia and the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Learning and Knowledge Management Council (pan-Pacific industry forum).
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