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The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 961–978 | Cite as

Main drivers of human capital, learning and performance

  • Nancy Vargas
  • M. Begoña Lloria
  • Salvador Roig-Dobón
Article

Abstract

The aim of this study was to show the relationships between the enablers for knowledge creation and human capital (HC); the effect of HC on feedback and feedforward; and the influence of these learning flows on organizational performance. To achieve this, we developed a novel theoretical model of relationships and tested this model empirically. We quantitatively test this model using data from firms in the Spanish biotechnology sector. Results show strong relationships between HC and enablers for knowledge creation (redundancy, trust, and autonomy); HC and learning flows (feedback and feedforward); and learning flows and organizational performance. The originality of this study lies in linking—theoretically, empirically, and through a novel model—independent theories of HC, learning, and knowledge creation.

Keywords

Human capital Knowledge creation Enablers Learning Performance 

JEL Classification

O340 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy Vargas
    • 1
  • M. Begoña Lloria
    • 2
  • Salvador Roig-Dobón
    • 3
  1. 1.Proyectos Especiales y ConsultoríaUniversidad de SantanderBucaramangaColombia
  2. 2.Facultad de Economía, Avenida los Naranjos S/N, Departamento de Dirección de Empresas Juan José Renau PiquerasUniversitat de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Facultad de Economía, Avenida los naranjos S/N, Iudescoop-Universitat de ValènciaUniversitat de ValènciaValenciaSpain

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