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Development of a conceptual framework on real options theory for strategic human resource management

Som Sekhar Bhattacharyya (Department of Strategic Management, National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 9 May 2018

Issue publication date: 10 August 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a conceptual real options theory framework for the firms to use options to mitigate both investment risks and retention of the trained human resources.

Design/methodology/approach

This conceptual paper is built with logical argumentation.

Findings

The growth of IT firms has created a demand for quality IT industry employees in substantive quantity in India. IT firms provide training and development (T&D) inputs for developing better skills of employees for better employee and superior firm performance. T&D input requires firm investment. It also creates enhanced market demand for the trained employee. High growth area like IT firms not only competes for market but also for employees. A trained employee might leave the firm that provided the training to join a rival firm which offers relatively better salary, a catch -22 situation. This paper develops a real options-based framework for strategic human resource management (HRM).

Research limitations/implications

This work integrates the theory of real options and strategic HRM.

Originality/value

This conceptual work is one of the first attempts to use real options theory on strategic HRM.

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Citation

Bhattacharyya, S.S. (2018), "Development of a conceptual framework on real options theory for strategic human resource management", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 272-284. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-07-2017-0061

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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