- 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 concentrates on the firm as the context of human capital (HC) development and application, though its focus is on global firms. Its analysis reaches back into the urban sociology of Gouldner and Merton and adopts their classic distinction between ‘locals’ and ‘cosmopolitans’, the latter having several languages and travel experience to add to their HC. The article argues that cosmopolitan HC is essential for firms competing in the globalized economy. Its intent is to understand how such HC is developed. In a neat move, the article appropriates much of the HC literature's thinking about the impact of parent attitudes, learning habits, and education on their children's educational development. It repositions the corporation as a form of intellectual parent, defined as the custodian or context of the relevant ‘global cultural capital’.
Kok-Yee Ng is Associate Professor in Management at the Nanyang Technological University, and Director of Research at the Center for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Michigan State University. Her research interests include cultural intelligence, leadership, and teams. She has published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Management Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the MIS Quarterly.
Mei Tan, Child Study Center, Yale University
Soon Ang (Ph.D. Minnesota) is Goh Tjoei Kok Endowed Chair and Professor of Management and is Head of the Division of Strategy, Management and Organization at the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence. Her research interests are in cultural intelligence, global leadership, and outsourcing. She has published extensively in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Social Forces, and serves on editorial boards including Organization Science, Applied Psychology, Decision Science, MIS Quarterly, and others. She pioneered and co-authored two foundation books on cultural intelligence (Stanford University Press) and co-edited the Handbook of Cultural Intelligence (M.E. Sharpe). She recently received the prestigious Distinguished International Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota for her academic leadership and scholarship record.
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