Human capital has been studied in parallel — but rarely in integrative fashion — across the micro and macro management literatures, leaving important gaps in our knowledge of the value of human capital — particularly when it comes to team environments. In this research, we seek to address three particular questions regarding human capital in teams: (1) Do more valuable (and hence costly) members perform better, when joining new teams?; (2) How and when do teams affect the translation of human capital to new members' performance?; and (3) How and when do teams affect the translation of individual performance to subsequent enhancement of individual human capital? We summarize two studies designed to address these questions, using rich data from leading professional European football leagues.
Dr. Gilad Chen is the Robert H. Smith Chair in Organization Behavior and Associate Dean for Research, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He received his bachelor degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1996, and his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2001. Prior to joining the Smith School, Dr. Chen was on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University, and a visiting scholar at various other universities. His research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, and Research in Organizational Behavior. He served as Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, and as an editorial board member of several leading psychology and management journals.