Human Resource Management Practices and Innovation

SMG Working Paper No. 5/2012

44 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2012 Last revised: 25 Sep 2012

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Nicolai J. Foss

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Keld Laursen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy (IVS)

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

We survey, organize, and discuss the literature on the role of organizational practices for explaining innovation outcomes. We discuss how individual practices influence innovation, and how the clustering of specific practices matters for innovation outcomes. Relatedly, we discuss various possible mediators of the HRM/innovation link, such as knowledge sharing, social capital and network effects. We argue that the causal mechanisms underlying the HRM/innovation links are still ill-understood, calling for further research.

Keywords: human resource management, innovation, organizational complementarities

JEL Classification: B52, M12, M54, 032

Suggested Citation

Foss, Nicolai J. and Laursen, Keld, Human Resource Management Practices and Innovation (September 1, 2012). SMG Working Paper No. 5/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2149464 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2149464

Nicolai J. Foss (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology ( email )

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Milan, MI 20136
Italy

Keld Laursen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy (IVS) ( email )

Howitzvej 60, 6
Frederiksberg, DK-2000
Denmark
+45 38152565 (Phone)

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