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

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Date Written: January 2013

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.

Suggested Citation

Litwin, Adam Seth, Not Featherbedding, But Feathering the Nest: Human Resource Management and Investments in Information Technology (January 2013). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 52, Issue 1, pp. 22-52, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192785 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12010

Adam Seth Litwin (Contact Author)

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