Intellectual Capital–Enhancing HR, Absorptive Capacity, and Innovation

Christine Soo, Amy Tian, Stephen T.T. Teo, John Cordery

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This study investigates the role of intellectual capital (i.e., human, social, and organization capital)-enhancing human resource (HR) practices in the development of a firm's absorptive capacity, as well as the mediating role of absorptive capacity in its relationship to the firm's innovation performance. Results show that while human capital-enhancing HR (acquisition and developmental HR) is positively related to absorptive capacity, social capital-enhancing HR affects absorptive capacity through egalitarian HR practices. Organization capital-enhancing HR practices contribute to absorptive capacity through effective information systems. Finally, our findings confirm that the various intellectual capital-enhancing HR practices affect innovation performance through their impact on the firm's absorptive capacity. (c) 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-454
Number of pages24
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


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