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Publication date: 1 February 2004

ERIC G. FLAMHOLTZ, RANGAPRIYA KANNAN‐NARASIMHAN and MARIA L. BULLEN

The Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting has achieved critical mass and recognition as a primary place for publishing both scientific and practical…

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The Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting has achieved critical mass and recognition as a primary place for publishing both scientific and practical applications of Human Resource Accounting (HRA). This paper reviews the state of the art of the development of HRA as it has appeared in the JHRCA since its inception. The paper assesses contributions and categorizes them according to studies which (1) underscore the importance of reporting human resource assets on the financial statements, (2) present empirical evidence, case and field studies on the various methods of reporting human resource assets and implementing HRA in various organisations, (3) analyse methods for measuring human resources, (4) demonstrate the use of HRA in human resource management decision‐making, (5) identify bottlenecks to the growth of HRA, (6) identify controversies in the field, and (7) discuss recent developments such as the balanced scorecard. The paper draws conclusions on the state of the HRA and suggests recommendations for future research and development.

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1401-338X

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Publication date: 26 June 2009

Robin Roslender

The paper sets out to identify the key role that Jan‐Erik Grojer's work on human resource costing and accounting played in linking initial developments in accounting for…

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Purpose

The paper sets out to identify the key role that Jan‐Erik Grojer's work on human resource costing and accounting played in linking initial developments in accounting for people with the more recent advances associated with the emergence of the intellectual capital concept.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is in the form of an essay that briefly considers the history of approaches to the challenge of accounting for people.

Findings

The recent developments associated with intellectual capital highlight the importance and value of adopting a rather wider conception of accounting for people.

Originality/value

The paper provides a provocative introduction to the topic of accounting for people and as such may be of value to both newcomers to the field and those who are simply intrigued by the idea itself.

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 13 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1401-338X

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Publication date: 1 January 1996

GEOFF TURNER

Since accounting for an enterprise's human resources was first discussed more than thirty years ago, it has encountered two main barriers to entry into mainstream…

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Since accounting for an enterprise's human resources was first discussed more than thirty years ago, it has encountered two main barriers to entry into mainstream accounting. These were: 1. that employees do not qualify as assets and 2. an inability to establish a meaningful system of measurement. In the context of current accounting concepts the first of these barriers is discussed establishing the legitimacy of the paradigm. Acceptable methods of measuring the value of assets are examined concluding that the present value, using added value as a base, is most useful for the majority of enterprises. Accepting that human resources are an asset, consideration should also be given to recognising the associated liabilities. The impact of accounting for human resources is examined by reference to a set of published financial statements. With an ever changing accounting environment, the opportunity to recognise human resource assets and liabilities in the financial statements should be taken.

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1401-338X

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Servitization Strategy and Managerial Control
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ISBN: 978-1-78714-845-1

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Publication date: 1 January 1996

ULF JOHANSON and MARIANNE NILSON

Human resource costing and accounting (HRCA) has been the subject of much model construction but there has been little research as to how these models are utilised in…

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Human resource costing and accounting (HRCA) has been the subject of much model construction but there has been little research as to how these models are utilised in practical decision‐making and implementation. This issue is addressed in three studies covering different aspects of HRCA. The first study shows that decisions are influenced in an experimental situation by HRCA information in such a way that the decisions are made in accordance with the content of the information. In the second study, the stimulating and inhibiting factors of force‐field analysis are used to examine a possible implementation of the methods of HRCA. In the third study, developments some years after a number of managers have come into contact with HRCA are examined. The conclusion is that HRCA has been useful as a basis for decisions or actions concerning human resource decision‐making

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 1 no. 1
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ISSN: 1401-338X

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Publication date: 1 January 2005

Herman A. Theeke

This paper seeks to present the positions and conclusions of scholars to support a proposition that the asset approach to human resource accounting has failed.

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Purpose

This paper seeks to present the positions and conclusions of scholars to support a proposition that the asset approach to human resource accounting has failed.

Design/methodology/approach

Reviews the history of human asset accounting.

Findings

The paper offers an alternative “liability approach” to account for and report human resources.

Originality/value

The paper provides an argument and rationale to demonstrate that a liability paradigm would be compatible with normal accounting and reporting procedures.

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 9 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1401-338X

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Publication date: 26 June 2009

Bino Catasús, Maria Mårtensson and Matti Skoog

The purpose of the paper is to reflect on how sensegiving cues are encapsulated in models of reporting for human resources. This has been by investigating elements…

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to reflect on how sensegiving cues are encapsulated in models of reporting for human resources. This has been by investigating elements, arguments and formats of the models.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper focuses on the three discourses of human resource reporting that Jan‐Erik Gröjer is a part of. This paper is an appreciation of the importance of Jan‐Erik's work in the field of human resource communication as well as an illustration of how ideas and models changes over time.

Findings

The paper concludes that: there is no coherent idea of how sensegiving should be made in order to affect the sensemaking processes of human resources, the models emanate from different forms of critiques and the sensegiving cues change accordingly, and accounting for human resources has an ethical dimension.

Practical implications

The choice of model for reporting on human resources affects not only the content of the human resource report (the what and how question), but also affected by which arguments are considered as most efficient in the sensegiving process..

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the understanding of how sensemaking is dependent on which sensegiving cues bring forward in the accounts of human accounts.

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 13 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1401-338X

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Publication date: 1 January 1996

ANGELA MAHER

The importance and value of employees in service industries has been recognised by senior executives for many decades and they are aware that the service provided by human

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The importance and value of employees in service industries has been recognised by senior executives for many decades and they are aware that the service provided by human resources is the key to competitive advantage in the market place. This is particularly true of the hotel industry where employees form an integral part of the “hospitality product”. In labour intensive industries human resources are also costly to develop and maintain and increasing global competition in the 1980s followed by a world‐wide recession in the early 1990s has focused attention more acutely on the effectiveness of investments made in human resources. This had led to the rediscovery of human resource costing and accounting as a means by which organisations can monitor the impact of their employment practices on business performance. This article discusses the findings from research on the human resource accounting practices of hotel companies operating in the UK. The research indicates that very few hotel companies studied undertook any systematic analysis of their human resource investments and the economic contribution of employees remains unknown. This raises questions regarding the extent to which human resources are truly “valued” by hotel organisations and how much time and effort is devoted to ensuring that human resource investments and employment practices add value to the business.

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1401-338X

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Publication date: 19 August 2017

Krishna Priya Rolla

The distinction between discussing human capital (HC) and its actual measurement is the presence of indices and equations to substantiate the belief of measuring…

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The distinction between discussing human capital (HC) and its actual measurement is the presence of indices and equations to substantiate the belief of measuring intangibles. The chapter makes a concise mention of research precedents, deriving leads for the foundation of HC. The chapter aims to provide clarity on the concept of HC measurement and bring to light the tools that can confer tangibility to intangibles. It argues that the measurement of HC is an achievable idea; furthering that a systematic review into the inter-disciplinary studies can offer viable solutions to the challenge of measuring intangibles. The chapter while discussing the contention makes a vivid mention of Bhutan’s gross national happiness (GNH), Happiness Seismograph, Cobb–Douglas model and others to make an impression on the minds of the reader.

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Human Capital and Assets in the Networked World
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-828-4

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Publication date: 1 January 1997

ROBIN ROSLENDER

Accounting for the worth of employees continues to attract the attention of accounting scholars. After more than thirty years of interest in the topic, however…

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Accounting for the worth of employees continues to attract the attention of accounting scholars. After more than thirty years of interest in the topic, however, comparatively little progress has been made in responding to the challenge of taking humans into account. A major reason for this may be that accounting for the worth of employees has hitherto been too closely bound up with the problematics of financial accounting and financial reporting. This has resulted in the widespread practice of conceptualising employee worth in terms of the hard accounting numbers normally associated with the discipline. Drawing on recent developments in the fields of both accounting for strategic positioning and critical accounting, this paper explores the promise which the emergence of a concern with the provision of soft(er) accounting information holds for any future attempts to account for employee worth.

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Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1401-338X

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