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Innovation in Australian Small and Medium Enterprises: Contributions from Strategic Human Resource Management

Matthews, Judy H. (2002) Innovation in Australian Small and Medium Enterprises: Contributions from Strategic Human Resource Management. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 40(2), pp. 193-204.

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Abstract

Organisations are constantly seeking new ways to grow and prosper in a complex competitive world. Many companies achieve success by maintaining or increasing their rate of innovation, and organisational approaches to innovation vary according to industry and context. Innovation is a multi-faceted process that incorporates creativity, invention and commercialisation. Above all, innovation is a social process, where both individuals and systems are important dynamic elements. This paper provides a brief overview of innovation in the Australian context of small to medium enterprises, summarises some of the human resource and strategic contributions that assist organisational innovation, and proposes areas of future research. Findings confirm that innovative Australian SMEs display strategic human resource management related practices such as career development, ongoing learning and development and strategic rewards.

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ID Code: 6934
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the publisher's website (link above) or contact the author: ju.matthews@student.qut.edu.au
Keywords: Judy Matthews, organisational innovation, small to medium enterprises (SMEs), strategic human resource management practices
DOI: 10.1177/1038411102402004
ISSN: 1744-7941
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:30

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