***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Perspectives on Human Capital and Assets: Building the Foundation for a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Level Theory Edited by Meir Russ, published by Palgrave-Macmillan Call for Book Chapter Proposals The effective employment and deployment of intellectual capital and human assets in organizations is widely recognized as a critical characteristic of successful economies and organizations. Their abilities to respond to changing environments, to “learn,” and to be efficient and competitive all depend, to some extent, on the individuals in their boundaries. It is the management of those individuals, in a way that is consistent with the goals and policies of the entities, that creates value for the organization and results in the creation of human capital as an asset that will be the focus of this book. Many organizations and their executives realize that the critical source of competencies, capabilities and sustainable competitive advantage is not only having the most ingenious product or service, the most exceptional strategy, or the most state-of-the-art technology, but also having the ability to attract, retain, develop and manage its human assets. The study of human capital and assets originated in economics and was later advanced by accounting, human resource, behavioral perspectives, and management, among many others. Being a multilevel construct that is studied from multiple perspectives, it is not surprising that there is no agreement on the definitions or on a method to measure and to value human capital. A number of developments are making human assets management and measurement increasingly salient to today’s executives including changing characteristics of the labor force, the rapid pace of technological innovation, greater international competition, new experiments with organizational structures, and greater attention to customers’ relationships. From an economic perspective, the focus on human assets might be even more important. The inability of the financial markets to monetize human (or for that matter any other intellectual) assets results in major market failure. More than 80% of developed countries’ economies (as measured by the GDP) are intangibles. Still, the present accounting system in those countries recognizes the value of very few intangible assets (e.g. patents, trademarks, etc.) or only in special circumstances (e.g., goodwill at sale), requiring questionable accounting and/or development of new standards (e.g. FASB statement 142 in the US). Fortunately, the financial markets recognize this issue by providing close to zero returns to financial and tangible assets and searching urgently for new sources of income and/or opportunities for value monetization. The increasing pace of economic bubbles and the high level of unemployment and under-employment, especially of the younger generation is another indicator of a desperately needed solution for this market failure. Despite this urgent need, the effectiveness of these embryonic attempts to develop monetizing methods became questionable. As such, it became painfully clear that we are absent of a comprehensive, unifying theory and, more importantly, a reliable, transparent and widely accepted measurement system for the valuation of Human Capital and Assets (HC&A). Research needs to be done at the macro, mezzo and micro level (including multiple levels), from numerous perspectives and disciplines, focusing on different and diverse units of analysis (country, region, organization, groups and individuals). The book will go beyond the current literature by providing a platform for a broad scope of theory building discussion regarding HC&A, and, more importantly, by encouraging a multidisciplinary fusion between diverse disciplines. Specifically, this call for proposals is soliciting chapter proposals from a multidisciplinary array of scholars that can contribute to one or more of the following theoretical perspectives/disciplines: Economic, Economic Development, Financial, Accounting, Systems-Networks, Behavioral, Human Resources and Social. Multi-level and multi-discipline theoretical breakthrough chapters are strongly encouraged. When appropriate, plurality of empirical methods from diverse disciplines that can enhance the building of a holistic theory of HC&A are strongly encouraged. The anticipated table of contents is listed below: Table of Contents Introduction Part A - Disciplinary discussions 1. Economic perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. 2. Economic Development perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. 3. Financial perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. 4. Accounting perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. 5. Systems-Networks perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. 6. Behavioral perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. 7. Human Resources perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. 8. Social perspective a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-level studies i. …. Part B – Cross-Disciplinary discussions a. Summary of the current state of knowledge b. Multi-disciplinary studies by areas i. …. ii. …. Conclusion Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full chapters for publication in a book titled Perspectives on Human Capital and Assets: Building the Foundation for a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Level Theory (Edited by Meir Russ, published by Palgrave-Macmillan). Where to next? Schedule for publication of the book: · Book chapter proposals received: May 15, 2013 · Notification of accepted chapter proposals: June 15, 2013 · Receipt of full book chapters: November 1, 2013 · Review book chapters and revision feedback: December 1, 2013 · Receipt by editors of final draft of book chapters: February 15, 2014 · Book delivered to the publisher April 1, 2014 · Anticipated publication: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 Submit your chapter proposal by Microsoft Word email attachment no later than May 15, 2013. We would most appreciate a one to two page proposal outlining your chapter and identifying your theoretic discipline, theories, and if applicable, empirical method approaches related to human capital and assets (Preferably not exceeding 600 words, including the section in the book the chapter belongs: Part A, subdivision 1-8; or B). Include as a separate file a brief biography covering your current institutional affiliation and position and a listing of your relevant publications and educational background and any other pertinent information on your qualifications for contributing to this manuscript. Send proposals and inquiries to Dr. Meir Russ Professor, Management Chair, Masters of Management Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business Austin E. Cofrin School of Business University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Wood Hall 460; 2420 Nicolet Drive Green Bay, WI 54311-7001; USA Tel + 1 (920) 465-2757 Fax +1 (920) 465- 2660 [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.