Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Efectos de las políticas de recursos humanos socialmente responsables en el capital intelectual

Jesus Barrena-Martínez, Macarena López-Fernández, Pedro Miguel Romero-Fernández


Purpose: This research focuses on the benefits that social responsibility can report on the area of human resources, examined the impact of a socially responsible configuration of human resource policies and practices in the generation value process for the company, and more specifically in its intellectual capital.
Design/methodology/approach: The study performed a regression analysis, testing the individual effects of socially responsible human resource policies on intellectual capital, broken down into three main variables such as human, social and organizational capital.
Findings: The results shed light on how the introduction of socially responsible aspects in the management of human resources can facilitate the exchange of knowledge, skills and attitudes human--capital; lead to improvements in communication, trust, cooperation among employees social-capital and, in turn, generates an institutionalized knowledge encoded in the own organizational culture –organizational capital–.
Research limitations/implications: The study only provides information from large companies with over 250 employees.
Practical implications: There are important implications in the measure of corporate social responsibility concerns in the area of human resources.
Social implications: Also important intangible effects on non-economic variables are confirmed, such as intellectual capital.
Originality/value: The value of the study lies in its novelty, testing socially responsible configurations of human resources as well as the direct effects of different policies on intellectual capital.

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