The Impact of Labour Relations on Innovative Output: An Exploration of Firm-Level Data in the Netherlands

5th International Symposium on Management of Technology (ISMOT’07)

4 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2009 Last revised: 26 Jun 2016

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Haibo Zhou

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Ronald Dekker

ReflecT, Tilburg University; Economics of Innovation, Delft University of Technology

Alfred Kleinknecht

Delft University of Technology - Economics of Innovation

Date Written: May 22, 2007

Abstract

A growing literature on determinants of innovative performance focuses on factors such as market structure, firm size, (regional and international) knowledge spillovers, R&D collaboration, conditions for appropriation of innovation benefits, and others. This paper contributes to an aspect that is still sparsely explored: The impact of labour relations and Human Resource Management (HRM) practices on a firm’s innovative behaviour. Our empirical findings identify that active HRM policies, including job rotation, performance pay, and high qualification levels of personnel contribute positively to innovative performance.

Keywords: Innovative output, labour relations, HRM practices, external flexiblity, internal flexibility

JEL Classification: J50, J53, J63

Suggested Citation

Zhou, Haibo and Dekker, Ronald and Kleinknecht, Alfred, The Impact of Labour Relations on Innovative Output: An Exploration of Firm-Level Data in the Netherlands (May 22, 2007). 5th International Symposium on Management of Technology (ISMOT’07), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1456286 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1456286

Haibo Zhou (Contact Author)

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Ronald Dekker

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Economics of Innovation, Delft University of Technology ( email )

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Alfred Kleinknecht

Delft University of Technology - Economics of Innovation ( email )

Jaffalaan 5
2628 BX Delft
Netherlands

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