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PEOPLE AND THE VALUE OF AN ORGANIZATION – SOCIAL, HUMAN AND INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

Dear Colleagues!

SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY
OF MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CZĘSTOCHOWA

AND

SZENT ISTVÁN UNIVERSITY
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

GÖDÖLLŐ, HUNGARY

UNDER THE PATRONAGE:

Southern Illinois University, USA

WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO
THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE:

 

PEOPLE AND THE VALUE OF AN ORGANIZATION – SOCIAL, HUMAN AND INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

 

Częstochowa – Koszęcin

16 – 17 June 2011

(Thursday - Friday)

 

THE AIM OF THE CONFERENCE

 

            In modern knowledge economy the competitiveness of companies, regions, or even larger territories such as the European Union, is increasingly dependable on non-material values. Hence, people in organizations are more frequently perceived as the capital and all the more valuable that it does not lose its worth as it happens in the case of the material capital. Thinking about the man in terms of the capital has got a long history, going back to the classics of economics and concerning relations between education and economics (Smith, Adorno).

            The capital can be defined as the goods that are invested with a view to  generating profit in the future. Owing to this fact it has got an important quality of self-regeneration. It seems that using the term ‘capital’ with reference to people may have dehumanizing character. Similarly as it happens with the term ‘human resources’, the concept of social capital belongs to so called fashionable terms (Śpiewak). However, without this term, it is difficult to express many concepts which play essential role both in theory and empirical research focused on the place and role of people in managing organizations.

            Nowadays one can observe a significant change of the role that the employee plays in a  company. Moving the employees from the ‘costs’ column to the ‘investment’ column seems to be almost Copernican revolution in economic relations regarding creating value and measuring system in the new economy. Until now a traditional conflict between the employees and employers seeking their own interest has been observed – a conflict between  slaves and their masters, peasants and landowners, industrial workers and the owners of the capital. Meanwhile  for the first time in history, the position of  employees and the owners has become equal. What is more, the employers are beginning to be dependent on their employees.  Why does it happen? The reason is that the knowledge has become the decisive factor conditioning the creation of value in modern business, pushing the financial capital into the background (Pulić).[1]

            As there are many related terms functioning on the borderline of economy and sociology and connected with social aspect of broadly understood capital (of a company, a region, a country), the subject matter needs specification.

           

One can indicate the following terms functioning within  the issues mentioned above:

- social capital(Bourdieu, Colleman, Putnam, Fukujama, Sztompka) – this concept takes into consideration social bonds, trust, solidarity and loyalty, ability to self-organize (Sztompka). Notions of cultural capital and even symbolic capital are closely connected with this term (Bordieu).

- human capital(Becker, Schultz), which is the oldest theoretical term, emphasizing, inter alia, the role of broadly understood competences of the organization members  and their other characteristics (such as health) that can be the objects of investment.

- intellectualcapital ,in turn, is a broader term than the human capital, and  includes both human capital and structural capital e.g. technologies, databases, licenses etc. (Levison, Malone, Oleksyn). It can be structures, procedures or relations. These issues also include the problems of intellectual property and its protection.

All these problems seem particularly important in the times of knowledge economy in the conditions of fast changes and big insecurity. The survival of the company in a highly competitive environment is becoming more and more dependable on the people  creating it and on their creativity and inventiveness. It is especially important in the times when organizations are less and less often perceived as systems and structures and more often as processes and the network of actions.

Topics of the conference:

      I. Social capital in an organization

      - management of competences and qualifications

      - organizational culture

      - industrial relations in an organizations

      - social capital in city and region management

      - religion, ethics and trust as the elements of social capital

      - social capital in public administration

      - solidarity and loyalty in an organization

      - humanistic basis of methodology of social capital studies (anthropology of organization, constructivist , narrative, interpretative, processual approaches and other approaches)

      II. Human capital in an organization

      - an employee as a subject of human resources management

      - factors determining human capital development

      - knowledge management

      - dehumanization processes in organizations

      - investing in human capital

      - measurement of human capital

      III. Intellectual capital and organization management

      - knowledge workers and professionalism

      - knowledge transfer and the protection of intellectual property

      - innovativeness ad creativity in organizations

      - new technologies facilitating knowledge management

      - learning organization

      - evaluation of intellectual capital

      - intellectual capital management



[1]A.Pulić, Kapitał intelektualny. Czy.to.dziala?, http://cfo.cxo.pl/artykuly/42142/ (12.11.2010)

 

 


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