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date: 17 September 2021

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

The inspiration for this handbook came from David Musson, Business and Management Editor at Oxford University Press, who in late 2006 suggested to us the need for a volume that might throw fresh light on the subject of human capital from an organizational perspective. For some years we had been individually researching knowledge-based theories of management and organization and exchanging ideas on issues associated with the growing importance of ‘knowledge capital’, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to cooperate on this project. We set about attracting leading scholars from around the world—more than forty distinguished academics from multiple disciplines finally contributing to the twenty-five chapters in the handbook. Despite operating as co-editors at long range from one another, the editorial process was remarkably smooth, with electronic communications overcoming the tyranny of distance.

Three and a half years later we are pleased to have an opportunity to express in a formal way our thanks to all those who have helped to bring this handbook to fruition. David Musson has been a constant source of advice, encouragement, and guidance throughout the project, and the members of his team at Oxford University Press, particularly Emma Lambert and Matthew Derbyshire, have provided invaluable technical and administrative support. Most of all we would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this volume for their patience and cooperation in dealing with our queries and suggestions, and for the commitment they have shown to making this handbook a success.