Evidence-Based Human Resources: A Primer and Summary of Current Literature
Human capital is possibly the most vital, yet overlooked, means of establishing competitive advantage for companies today. For generations the field of human resources has been a discipline of faith, embedded in a business/economic system dependant on hard evidence. Advances in research, technology, and techniques for measuring intangibles — along with a timely convergence of academic disciplines — may have produced a solution that allows Human Resources practitioners to stay true to their faith, yet gives them the means of producing business cases that appeal to the senses. Evidence-Based Human Resources applies scientific standards of causality to demonstrate how intangible human capital can be observed and shown to add tangible business results.
This literature review of Evidence-Based Human Resources marks the beginning of what is anticipated to be a series of reports dedicated to exploring the application of rigorous empirical methods and "standards of evidence" to assist executives in integrating strategy and talent.