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Title: A dynamic human capital perspective on corporate opportunity identification
Authors: Hughes, Mathew
Ucbasaran, Deniz
Lewis, Miranda
Keywords: Corporate entrepreneurship
Human capital
Opportunitiy identification
Entrepreneurial orientation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Shaker A. Zahra, Donald O. Neubaum and James C. Hayton. Published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
Citation: HUGHES, M., UCBASARAN, D. and LEWIS, M., 2016. A dynamic human capital perspective on corporate opportunity identification. IN: Zahra, S.A., Neubaum, D.O. and Hayton, J.C. (eds). Handbook of Research on Corporate Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 87-116.
Abstract: Hughes, Ucbasaran and Lewis observe that, despite a plethora of prior studies, little systematic and careful attention has been given to internal variables in studying corporate entrepreneurship (CE). Rather, most research has focused on external variables, such as the environment. Given the paucity of research on internal variables, the authors focus on the role of human capital in promoting CE. In conceptualizing CE, Hughes et al. emphasize corporate opportunity identification—an issue that has not been well studied in the literature. They propose that companies with better skilled human capital would be better positioned to identify more opportunities than companies with lower quality human capital. Hughes et al. make a distinction between two types of human capital: firm-specific and entrepreneurial-specific. They further observe that the relationship with opportunity identification will be higher (stronger) for firm-specific and entrepreneurial-specific human capital. Moreover, they advance that the relationship between human capital and opportunity identification will be moderated by the firm’s systems and processes. Next, they propose that increases in corporate opportunity recognition can lead to increased and higher skilled human capital, thereby recognizing the importance of CE as an important mechanism for employee engagement that enhances firm capabilities.
Description: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Handbook of Research on Corporate Entrepreneurship edited by S.A. Zahra, D.O. Neubaum and J.C. Hayton, published in 2016 by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.4337/9781785368738
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24337
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781785368738
ISBN: 9781785368721
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