Enabling innovation and facilitating learning in kifs: the role of HRM practices

Jorgensen, Frances, Becker, Karen L., & Hyland, Paul (2012) Enabling innovation and facilitating learning in kifs: the role of HRM practices. In 12th European Academy of Management : Social Innovation for Competitiveness, Organisational Performance and Human Excellence, 6 – 8 June 2012, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to contribute to our understanding of the link between HR practices, learning orientation and types of innovation in knowledge-intensive firms (KIFs). To this end, we first compiled a comprehensive overview of the existing literature on HR practices aimed at supporting innovation. On the basis of this literature, we then collected and analyzed data from a qualitative study of 19 Danish KIFs recognized for their innovation performance, focusing on links between the HR practices they use to support exploratory and exploitive learning behaviors to enhance incremental and/or radical innovation. The findings from this study demonstrate that KIFs utilize a range of HR practices that enable different learning orientations, based on the type of innovation compatible with their organizational goals.

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ID Code: 52632
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Innovation, Learning , Kifs, HRM
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 (please consult the author).
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2012 00:04
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2012 05:40

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