RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Editorial

It is my pleasure to be involved again in the planning and production of the journal’s second Special Issue. The theme of this Special Issue is Managing Human Capital in a Knowledge-based Economy. There are altogether seven articles in this volume, comprising three invited papers and four refereed papers.

In the Invited Paper Section, the first article entitled HRM and Knowledge Management: Responding to the Challenge, examines the implications of knowledge management on various HRM dimensions – the HR function, employee resourcing, HRD, HRM in SMEs, and the role of HRM in promoting innovation and creativity. Professors Iles, Yolles and Altman then move on to highlight the significance of knowledge creation and knowledge migration, which is the core of the second part of their paper.

Professors Siengthai and Bechter of Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, contribute their work on Strategic HRM and Firm Innovation. This is an empirical study of 168 firms (employing 200 employees and above) in the country. The focus of their paper is to determine factors affecting a firm’s level of innovation. The readers should find their work both perceptive and interesting.

The third invited paper comes from Professors Phillips, Liebowitz and Kisiel. The first two authors are from the Department of Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore and Professor Kisiel is currently the President of WisdomBuilder, Inc. The title of their practitioner-oriented paper is Modeling the Intelligence Analysis Process for Intelligent User Agent Development.

In the Refereed Paper Section of the journal, we have contribution from Zhao Bin and Tan Hwee Hoon. Their very insightful paper entitled, Psychological Mechanisms Underlying Individual Knowledge Learning and Contribution in Learning Organisations, analyses the contextual and individual level factors that affect employees’ willingness and decision to learn/contribute knowledge in organisational settings. Six propositions are put forward for future empirical testing.

The empirical paper by Thompson Teo, Lim Ghee Soon and Sherin Ann Febric examines the adoption and impact of Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) in Singapore. Of the 110 organisations surveyed by the authors, 63 were adopters of HRIS. Readers who are interested in the latest trend and consequences of HRIS adoption in organisations here should find their survey timely and informative.

John Read’s work on Developing Self-Directed Learning touches on crucial issues including learning organisations, individual learning, workplace learning as well as the impact and value of self-directed learning. He also reviews the experience of self-directed learning in the new organisational-learning context and proposes an integrated model of self-directed learning towards the end of the paper.

The Special Issue concludes with a conceptual paper by Professors Steffen Raub and Bhushan Sthapit from the Asian Institute of Technology entitled Towards a Taxonomy of Approaches for Measuring Organisational Knowledge. After an initial review of knowledge management and knowledge measurement, the authors move on to discuss in detail the four major foci in measuring knowledge – bench-marking focus, performance measurement focus, IC measurement focus and value focus.

On behalf of the journal, I would like to conclude this Editorial Forward to thank our former Chief Editor, Professor Donald Campbell, and Mr David Ang, Executive Director of the Singapore Institute of Human Resources (SHRI) for their keen support in the publication of the second Special Issue. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Editorial Board and various ad hoc reviewers. They read the manuscript submissions, provided invaluable feedback to the authors, and shared with us their professional wisdom and insight. I truly appreciated their help and advice.

David Wan
Associate Editor
December 2000