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HRM as a predictor of innovation

Shipton, Helen and West, Michael and Dawson, Jeremy and Birdi, Kamal and Patterson, Malcolm (2006) HRM as a predictor of innovation. Human Resource Management Journal, 16 (1). pp. 3-27. ISSN 0954-5395

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Abstract

There is growing evidence available to suggest that HR practice is an important predictor of organisational performance. In this article, we argue that HR practices also have the potential to promote organisational innovation. We describe a longitudinal study of 22 UK manufacturing companies and examine the relationship between such practices and product and technological innovation. Results reveal that training, induction, team working, appraisal and exploratory learning focus are all predictors of innovation. Contingent reward, applied in conjunction with an exploratory learning focus, is positively associated with innovation in technical systems. Furthermore, training, appraisal and induction, combined with exploratory learning focus, explain variation between companies in product and technological innovation above and beyond the main effects observed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Human Resource Management Journal
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
ID Code: 57309
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2012 10:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57309

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