7 Beyond Conventional Human Capital: Behavioural Human Capital in Driving Firms’ Absorptive Capacity and Innovation

DOI: 10.4324/9781003195894-7

7.1 Introduction

The majority of the literature on human capital theory and innovation have focused on the role of human capital (HC) in the context of knowledge, skill, and abilities (KSAs) dimensions of the human capital. However, in building absorptive capacity as well as innovative capability, firms could be in a better position if behavioural human capital (BHC), characterized by personal attributes and attitudes (Mubarik 2015; Mubarik et al. 2018), is also equally considered. The inclusive human capital development strategy—the strategy to focus and develop both aspects of human capital (conventional ...

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