Profiling human resource management practices in innovative firms

Jorgensen, Frances, Becker, Karen L., & Hyland, Paul (2014) Profiling human resource management practices in innovative firms. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 14(4), pp. 187-204.

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It has been argued that different bundles or configurations of human resource practices can improve innovation performance, but there is little empirically-based research that provides details of the practices utilised by different types of innovative firms. This study aimed to identify how different types of firms vary their HR practices to build organisation-specific innovation capabilities. The paper presents findings from a qualitative study of 26 innovative Danish firms categorised as technology-based, knowledge-intensive, or hybrid in their industry orientation. The findings highlight that knowledge-intensive firms have notably different profiles of HRM practices to technology-based firms, suggesting that firms utilise different practices to build innovation capacity depending on the core capabilities required for success in their respective industries. This paper contributes by demonstrating how HR practices differ across types of firms rather than relying on a universal perspective or one best way to design and implement HR practices.

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ID Code: 75798
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Human Resource Management, Innovation, Case Studies, Denmark, HRM Practices, Technology-based Firms, Knowledge-intensive Firms
DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2014.069328
ISSN: 1465-6612
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 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2014 01:30
Last Modified: 29 May 2015 02:50

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