Contemporary Perspectives in Human Capital and Development

As a central concept of modern managerial and organizational theories and practices, Human Capital has its long history rooted in the exploration of the question: what is the role of human being in the organized activities in human society? From classical theories of Bureaucracy and Scientific Management, to Human Relation and Human Resources Movements, from Open System Theories and Cybernetics, to more modern Contingency Theories and Post-modernism, numerous theories have been proposed to explain the role of human being in achieving values for organizations, with the hope to shed some lights to the managerial practices. However, the answer to this very core question of all organized activities of human society is yet clear and definite.

This book series will continue our exploration in this key question from a more contemporary perspective. The volumes in this book series will be the milestones of researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding, analysis, theorizing, and application of how employees of modern organizations are inspired to achieve their full potential in the process of contributing to the larger good of the organization in which they are part of. The intended audience of this book series includes but not limited to academic researchers, university professors and graduate students, management scientists, industry economists, government officials, public policy developers and analysts, research and laboratory managers, marketing, human resources and operations managers, and anyone who is interested at understanding the current progress of human resources management and human capital development.