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Construction of structural dimensions of organizational human capital competitive advantage

Wenchen Guo (School of Economics and Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China)
Mengxin Chen (School of Economics and Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 20 May 2021

Issue publication date: 9 August 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to clarify the factors that affect the formation of organizational human capital competitive advantage (OHCCA) and construct its structural dimensions.

Design/methodology/approach

This research method adopted grounded theory using 20 interviews of managers from 10 companies. Relevant literature was reviewed to conduct open coding, Axial coding and selective coding to ensure OHCCA concept and dimensions.

Findings

Studies have shown that OHCCA formation of results from investment and collaboration of three levels: organization, teams and departments and employees. OHCCA formation is composed of three dimensions of organizational human capital investment: planning, practice and stock.

Research limitations/implications

This research enriches the organizational human capital and competitive advantage theories.

Practical implications

The practical significance is to provide theoretical and practical guidance for organizations in creating OHCCAs.

Originality/value

This research is the first to propose and define the OHCCA concept and construct a three-dimensional structure model. Furthermore, this research has revealed the leading factors that affect OHCCA's formation process.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to the National Social Science Fund of China (17BGL111) for its support for this project.

Citation

Guo, W. and Chen, M. (2022), "Construction of structural dimensions of organizational human capital competitive advantage", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 1081-1106. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIC-07-2020-0223

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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