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Specific Human Capital as a Source of Superior Team Performance

Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 69, pp. 376-392, 2011

25 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2010 Last revised: 25 Oct 2011

Egon P. Franck

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Stephan Nüesch

University of Muenster

Jan Pieper

University of Zurich

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Date Written: November 10, 2009

Abstract

In this paper, we empirically investigate the performance effect of team-specific human capital in highly interactive teams. Based on the tenets of the resource-based view of the firm and on the ideas of typical learning functions, we hypothesize that team members’ shared experience in working together positively impacts team performance, but at diminishing rates. Holding a team’s stock of general human capital and other potential drivers constant, we find support for this prediction. Implications concerning investment decisions into human capital as well as the transferability of our findings to other contexts are discussed.

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Franck, Egon P. and Nüesch, Stephan and Pieper, Jan, Specific Human Capital as a Source of Superior Team Performance (November 10, 2009). Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 69, pp. 376-392, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1503331

Egon P. Franck

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW) ( email )

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Stephan Nüesch

University of Muenster ( email )

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Muenster, D-48149
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Jan Pieper (Contact Author)

University of Zurich ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

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