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[Excerpt] Entrepreneurship is the process by which "opportunities to create future goods and services are discovered, evaluated, and exploited" (Shane and Venkataraman, 2000: 218). In other words, it is the process by which organizations and individuals convert new knowledge into new opportunities in the form of new products and services. Strategic human resource management (SHRM) has been defined as the system of organizational practices and policies used to manage employees in a manner that leads to higher organizational performance (Wright and McMahan, 1992). Further, one perspective suggests that sets of HR practices do not themselves create competitive advantage; instead, they foster the development of organizational capabilities which in turn create such advantages (Lado and Wilson, 1994; Wright, Dunford, and Snell, 2001). Specifically, this body of literature suggests that HR practices lead to firm performance when they are aligned to work together to create and support the employee-based capabilities that lead to competitive advantage (Wright and Snell, 2000; Wright, Dunford, and Snell, 2001). Thus, entrepreneurial human resource strategy is best defined as the set or sets of human resources practices that will increase the likelihood that new knowledge will be converted to new products or services.


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© Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. Final version published as: Collins, C. J., Allen, M., & Snell, S. (2005). Entrepreneurial human resource strategy. In C. L. Cooper (Series Ed.) & M. A. Hitt & R. D. Ireland (Vol. Eds.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management: Vol III. Entrepreneurship (2nd Ed., pp. 85-87). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.