Freelance Human Capital: A Firm-Level Perspective

Chauradia, A J and Galande, R A (2015) Freelance Human Capital: A Firm-Level Perspective. In: The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment. Senate Hall Academic Publishing, Ireland, pp. 85-98. ISBN 9780954667399

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Firms have been increasingly hiring “freelance” human capital to perform contracted work for them. We define freelance human capital as highly skilled individuals who provide contractual services to firms on a short-term basis. In this chapter, we analyze the challenges and opportunities for firms when using freelance human capital. We address questions such as how firms can utilize freelance human capital to develop and improve their performance, how firms can limit the mobility of freelance human capital in order to sustain a competitive advantage, and how firms can manage a workforce that includes both permanent human capital and freelance human capital. We draw on the theories of strategic human capital, resource-based view, and transaction cost economics to understand the firm’s perspective on hiring and managing freelance human capital.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: Human Resources Management
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 12:31
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 11:59

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