Managing People to Promote Innovation

11 Pages Posted: 12 May 2005

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Helen Shipton

Aston University - Aston Business School

Doris Fay

Aston University - Aston Business School

Michael A. West

Aston University - Aston Business School

Malcolm Patterson

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology

Kamal Birdi

University of Sheffield; Institute of Work Psychology

Abstract

There is growing evidence available to suggest that Human Resource Management (HRM) practice is an important predictor of organizational performance. Drawing upon organizational learning perspectives, we argue that HRM systems also have the potential to promote organizational innovation. We present longitudinal data from thirty-five UK manufacturing organizations to suggest that effective HRM systems - incorporating sophisticated approaches to recruitment and selection, induction, appraisal and training - predict organizational innovation in products and production technology. We further show that organizational innovation is enhanced where there is a supportive learning climate, and inhibited (for innovation in production processes) where there is a link between appraisal and remuneration.

Suggested Citation

Shipton, Helen and Fay, Doris and West, Michael A. and Patterson, Malcolm and Birdi, Kamal, Managing People to Promote Innovation. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 118-128, June 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=722245

Helen Shipton (Contact Author)

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

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Doris Fay

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom
+44 0 121 204 3101 (Phone)

Michael A. West

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

Malcolm Patterson

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology ( email )

Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom
+44 0 114 222 3244 (Phone)

Kamal Birdi

University of Sheffield ( email )

17 Mappin Street
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

Institute of Work Psychology ( email )

Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

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