Explaining Growth Differences Across Firms: The Interplay between Innovation and Management Practices

30 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2018 Last revised: 20 Jan 2019

Date Written: January 25, 2018

Abstract

This paper provides first empirical evidence of the joint effects that innovation strategies and human resource management practices exert on firm growth. By exploiting unique information from a large sample of Italian manufacturing firms in the very recent years, it shows that investing in technology and implementing performance-based pay policies are both positively associated with a significant turnover, employment and labor productivity growth premium. However, their joint adoption does not necessarily sum the two effects. In particular, performance-based rewards boost the growth of non innovating firms and of firms pursuing relatively simple innovation strategies, centered around the acquisition of new machinery, equipment and software. For firms strongly relying on R&D as an additional lever for product and process upgrading, the estimated effect of having in place such incentive mechanisms is null or even negative.

Keywords: Heterogeneity, Innovation, Management Practices, Firm Growth

JEL Classification: L20, M21, O30

Suggested Citation

Romano, Livio, Explaining Growth Differences Across Firms: The Interplay between Innovation and Management Practices (January 25, 2018). Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3109411 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3109411

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