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Capacities, competences and capabilities as knowledge structures to build relational capital

Juan Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro (Faculty of Business Sciences, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain)
Eva Martínez Caro (Department of Business Management, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain)
Aurora Martínez-Martínez (Faculty of Business Sciences, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain)
Maria Dolores Aledo-Ruiz (Department of Business Management, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain)
Eusebio Martínez-Conesa (Department of Business Management, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 6 June 2020

Issue publication date: 3 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the relationship between relational capital produced by universities and knowledge structures, which include both the capacities and competencies that students have learned and the capabilities they have put into practice.

Design/methodology/approach

To analyse research data and test the proposed model, partial least squares structural equation modelling (SmartPLS 3.2.9) is used on a sample of 125 students of a Spanish university.

Findings

The results of the study demonstrate that the creation of relational capital by universities will depend largely on how students’ capacity is supplemented and merged with students’ competency to develop synergies that increase the students’ capability to give an additional value to the community members.

Originality/value

This study allows an in-depth analysis of the cause and effect link between the knowledge structures and support the members of higher educational institutions to understand how to achieve relational capital in universities.

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Citation

Cegarra-Navarro, J.G., Martínez Caro, E., Martínez-Martínez, A., Aledo-Ruiz, M.D. and Martínez-Conesa, E. (2021), "Capacities, competences and capabilities as knowledge structures to build relational capital", Kybernetes, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 1303-1320. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-02-2020-0115

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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