Impact of socially responsible human resources policies on intellectual capital

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.


Intellectual capital, Human Resource Management, Socially Responsible Human Resource Policies, Human capital, Capital stock, Organizational Capital

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Intangible Capital, 2004-2024

Online ISSN: 1697-9818; Print ISSN: 2014-3214; DL: B-33375-2004

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