Communicating Company Innovation Culture: Assessment Through Job Advertisements Analysis

17 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2017 Last revised: 12 Oct 2017

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Natalia Shmatko

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Alina Lavrynenko

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Dirk Meissner

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: October 10, 2017

Abstract

The paper explores the composition of researchers' skillsets in an innovation-driven environment from the perspective of employers. The authors analyze the relation between skills requirements described in job advertisements for researchers and the presumed innovation culture of companies. The study is based on job advertisements content analysis and in-depth interviews with chiefs of research and development companies. It uses biotechnology industry as an example as it is one of the fastest-growing and innovation-driven sectors globally. Authors used data from Russian, as well as Canadian, UK and USA job search engines to consider international context. Empirical findings demonstrated that skills composition stress on hard skills more frequently and detailed, while soft skills are often a "must have without saying". The same is for digital skills that are assumed to be essential in high-tech companies globally and therefore not fully specified in job ads. There is a certain mismatch between skills presented in the ads and articulated in the interviews as employers tend to demonstrate innovation-friendly company culture for possible applicants. The present paper enriches literature on skills assessment, giving comprehensive lists of biotech skills in-demand divided into soft and hard categories. In addition, it provides the new insight into employee skills articulated by the companies as a strong element of organizational innovation climate.

Keywords: knowledge economy, open innovation, company innovation culture, biotechnology, skills

JEL Classification: J24; L65; M14; M51

Suggested Citation

Shmatko, Natalia and Lavrynenko, Alina and Meissner, Dirk, Communicating Company Innovation Culture: Assessment Through Job Advertisements Analysis (October 10, 2017). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 74/STI/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3050507 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3050507

Natalia Shmatko (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Alina Lavrynenko

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Dirk Meissner

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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