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Quantitative Multidisciplinary Approaches in Human Capital and Asset Management

 

Edited by Meir Russ, published by IGI Global

Call for Book Chapter Proposals

 

In the ‘knowledge economy’ it is widely recognized that the effective engagement and utilization of human capital and the other facets of intellectual capital are critical, if not the only means to organizations’ short-term success and long-term survival. Organizations and their officers realize that the critical sources of competencies, capabilities, and sustainable competitive advantage require  the ability to attract, retain, develop, manage, and reward effectively their human assets. Yet, few are actually ‘walking the walk’ and even fewer are using quantitative tools to develop and manage this ‘fuzzy’ asset. A number of developments are making human assets, management and measurement increasingly more prominent to today’s executives, including: changing demographics of the labor force, the increasingly rapid pace of technological innovation, rapidly changing global competition, greater attention to customers’ changing needs, and experimentation with new intra and inter-organizational structures. At the same time, the lack of legal and institutional standardized frameworks and infrastructure, underlined by the lack of agreed-upon definitions and theories make such an attempt a difficult, if not impossible one. In response to this growing gap and escalating challenges, this book is envisioned as a manuscript that will provide a robust scientific and quantitative foundation for a multi-disciplinary, multi-level theory of human capital and human assets.

The study of human capital and assets originated in economics, and was later advanced by accounting, human resource, and strategic management (among many others). Lacking a comprehensive, unifying theory, it became agonizingly clear that a reliable, transparent and widely accepted measurement system for the valuation of human capital and assets at the organization level is missing. From the broader economic and legal perspectives, 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 is resulting in a major market failure. This book calls for a multidisciplinary, multi-level discussion that is urgently needed.  Quantitative research needs to be done at multiple levels, from numerous perspectives and disciplines, focusing on different and diverse units of analysis (country, region, organization, groups and individuals). Specifically, this call solicits chapter proposals from a multidisciplinary array of scholars that can contribute to one or more of (but not limited to) the following perspectives/disciplines: Economic, Financial, Accounting, Systems-Networks, Biological, Physics, Behavioral, Human Resources, Economic Development and Regional Development. Additional perspectives, if proposed, will be considered. Multi-level and multi-discipline chapters discussing quantitative research findings are strongly encouraged. When appropriate, pluralities of empirical methods from diverse disciplines are also encouraged. 

 

The anticipated table of contents is listed below:

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

Part A - Disciplinary discussions

 

1.      Economic perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiries

 

2.      Financial perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiries

 

3.      Accounting perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiries

 

4.      Systems-Networks perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiry

 

5.      Biological perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiries

 

6.      Physics perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiry

 

7.      Behavioral perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiry

 

8.      Human Resources perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiry

 

9.      Economic Development perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiry

 

10.   Regional Development perspective

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-level inquiry

 

Part B – Cross-Disciplinary discussions

a.      An introduction to the current state of knowledge

b.      Multi-disciplinary studies

                                                    i.          ….

                                                   ii.          ….

 

Part C – Illustrative case studies using:

a.      at least two perspectives

b.      at least two levels within a discipline

 

Conclusion

 

Schedule for publication of the book:

·        Book chapter proposals received: August 30, 2013

·        Notification of accepted chapter proposals: October 1, 2013

·        Receipt of full book chapters: February 1, 2014

·        Review book chapters and revision feedback: March 15, 2014

·        Receipt by editors of final draft of book chapters: May 1, 2014

·        Anticipated publication:  SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

 


Submit your chapter proposal as a Microsoft Word email attachment. We would most appreciate a one-to-two page proposal outlining your chapter and identifying your theoretic discipline, theories, and, when applicable, empirical method approaches related to human capital and assets. You should plan 7000-10000 words for a chapter. Each chapter should commence with a broader scope summary of the perspective to underpin the chapter within (or between) perspectives.  For a case study, you should plan 4000-7000 words and each case should clearly state the dilemmas and the perspectives illustrated. Each case also should provide the data needed to test alternative methods or interpretations. Include, as a separate file, a brief biography covering your current institutional affiliation and position, a listing of your relevant publications and educational background, and any other pertinent information on your qualifications for contributing to this manuscript.


Each chapter will undergo a double-blind peer review process by anonymous reviewers.

Send proposals and inquiries to

 

Dr. Meir Russ
Professor, 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                     
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