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Last reminder- Call for Book Chapters


Human Capital and Assets in the Networked World

Under Review by: Palgrave Macmillan

 

Editor: Prof. Meir Russ

 

Call for Chapter Proposals

 

This book is envisioned as a manuscript that will provide for a robust scientific foundation for a multi-disciplinary, multi-level theory of human-capital and human assets coalescing with social capital in the networked world from the connectionist perspective.

Introduction

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 within their boundaries.  It is the management of those individuals and their interactions with other actors and systems, 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 and social capitals as an asset that will be the focus of this book. A number of developments are making human and social assets management and measurement increasingly salient to today’s executives including changing characteristics of the labor force, the rapid pace and implementation of technological innovation, greater international competition, new experiments with organizational structures, and greater attention to customers’ relationships. Following a recent advanced definition of human and social capitals (among other forms of capital) using information, energy and entropy, the focus of this book will be on the impact of new technologies (e.g. mobile, blockchain, internet of things) on the intersection of human and social capital, being grounded on the ensuing understanding of the importance of information and information processing as well as the perspective of humans as ‘being their data. Some of the recent resulting changes are: the growth of direct bartering within the social exchange economy (e.g., Collaborative Commons or Sphere of Reciprocity); creation of new alternative currencies (e.g., Bitcoin) and growth of outsourcing and the ‘gig’ economy. 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 discussion regarding Human Capital and Assets, 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 practices: management, value creation, valuation, and reporting of human capital and assets from the traditional perspectives/disciplines: Economic, Economic Development, Financial, Accounting, Systems-Networks, Behavioral, Human Resources and Social. Multi-level and multi-discipline chapters are strongly encouraged. When appropriate, plurality of empirical methods from diverse disciplines that can enhance the building of a holistic theory of Human Capital and Assets in the new networked society are encouraged. 

Description

The book chapters will discuss human capital and human assets from a connectionist (e.g., Russ, Fineman, Jones, 2010) perspective, focusing on the growing infusion of the traditional human capital and social (e.g., Nahapiet, 2011; Nyberg, Moliterno, Hale, & Lepak, 2014) and  knowledge-based systems (e.g., Kasabov, 2015), organizational capital perspectives. The book will extend the discussion of the interaction between the three (and other) types of capital among different actors over different time frames (e.g., Wright, Coff, & Moliterno, 2014), assuming that the nature of such interaction is revolutionized; and continuously and dynamically changing resulting from the application of new networked technologies. As such, the book will go beyond the classic network building perspective of using knowledge when the individual, team and organizations are the unit of analysis. The proposed alternative perspectives will be viewing humans alternatively as homo economicus, technologicus (Puech, 2008), sustainabiliticus (Russ 2014b) or socialis (Helbing, 2014), inforgs (Floridi, 2014); interacting in a multilevel system which is enabled by the pervasive mobile technologies and the internets of things and ‘blockchain’ technologies. This book will broaden the human capital praxis introduced and used in Russ, (2014a and 2014b), into the new networked society (e.g., Floridi, 2014) focusing on definitions, management, value creation, valuation, and reporting of human capital and assets. Multi-level and multi-discipline chapters are strongly encouraged. 

The anticipated table of contents is listed below:

 

 

 


 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part A – Human Capital and Assets Praxis discussions

  1. Management perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

  2. Value creation perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

  3. Valuation perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

  4. Reporting perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

Part B – Level of Analysis discussions

  1. Individual Systems-Networks perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

  2. Team Systems-Networks perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

  3. Intra-organizational Systems-Networks perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

  4. Inter-organizational Systems-Networks perspective

    1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

      1. Human and Social Capital

      2. Human Capital and Networked Infosphere

      3. Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

      4. Human Capital, Social Capital and Networked Infosphere

Part C – Cross-Disciplinary discussions

  1. Summary of the current state of knowledge

  2. Multi-disciplinary studies by areas

Conclusion and Where to next?

Schedule for publication of the book:

 



Submit your chapter proposal by Microsoft Word email attachment. 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 and social capital and assets and technologies as applicable. 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
Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson 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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