Bringing Sen’s capability approach to work and human resource practices

Dilip Subramanian, Joan Miquel Verd, Josiane Vero, Bénédicte Zimmermann

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Purpose – The aim of this paper is to introduce the special issue of the International Journal of Manpower Design/methodology/approach – Bringing together economists and sociologists, the special issue develops a relevant range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Findings – The special issue adopts the capability approach as a yardstick to assess corporate policies from the combined perspective of economic and human development. It asks how firms can contribute to developing sustainable human capabilities at work. Originality/value – Human resource management is mainly oriented towards optimising workers’ labour for the benefit of employers and shareholders. The papers in this issue provide some well-documented suggestions on how to break with a reductionist understanding of employees as “human capital”, considered from the sole viewpoint of economic efficiency, by introducing a shift in perspective towards an integrated approach, embracing both economic and human development. © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-304
JournalInternational Journal of Manpower
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2013


  • Accreditation of prior learning
  • Capability approach
  • Corporate policies
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Occupational mobility
  • Professional development
  • Restructuring processes
  • Vocational training


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