Purpose – The aim of this paper is to introduce the special issue of the International Journal of Manpower on capabilities, work and human resource policies and practices. After presenting the main concepts of the capability approach, inspired by Amartya Sen's work, the paper goes on to review the major findings of the contributions to this issue. Design/methodology/approach – Bringing together economists and sociologists, the special issue develops a relevant range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Findings – The special issue adopts the capability approach as a yardstick to assess corporate policies from the combined perspective of economic and human development. It asks how firms can contribute to developing sustainable human capabilities at work. Originality/value – Human resource management is mainly oriented towards optimising workers’ labour for the benefit of employers and shareholders. The papers in this issue provide some well‐documented suggestions on how to break with a reductionist understanding of employees as “human capital”, considered from the sole viewpoint of economic efficiency, by introducing a shift in perspective towards an integrated approach, embracing both economic and human development.
International Journal of Manpower – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 5, 2013
Keywords: Capability approach; Corporate policies; Corporate responsibility; Vocational training; Accreditation of prior learning; Professional development; Occupational mobility; Restructuring processes
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