Not Featherbedding, but Feathering the Nest: Human Resource Management and Investments in Information Technology

Industrial Relations, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2013

35 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2010 Last revised: 12 Jun 2014

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Date Written: February 14, 2012

Abstract

This study draws on employment relations and management theory, claiming that certain innovative employment practices and work structures pave the way for organizational innovation, namely investments in information technology (IT). It then finds support for the theory in a cross-section of UK workplaces. The findings suggest that firms slow to adopt IT realize that their conventional employment model hinders their ability to make optimal use of new technologies. Therefore, the paper advances the literature beyond studies of unionization’s impact on business investment to a broader set of issues on the employment relations features that make organizations ripe for innovation.

Keywords: Human Resource Management (HRM), Information Technology (IT), Employment Relations (ER), High-Performance Work Systems (HPWS)

JEL Classification: D21, J 53, J59, M12, M54

Suggested Citation

Litwin, Adam Seth, Not Featherbedding, but Feathering the Nest: Human Resource Management and Investments in Information Technology (February 14, 2012). Industrial Relations, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1583963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1583963

Adam Seth Litwin (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

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