- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Perspectives on Innovation Management
- The Nature of Innovation
- Marketing and Innovation
- Science, Technology, and Business Innovation
- User-driven Innovation
- Networks of Innovation
- Knowledge and the Management of Creativity and Innovation
- Design-Driven Innovation: Meaning as a Source of Innovation
- Brokerage and Innovation
- Sectoral Systems of Innovation
- Innovation Ecosystems: Implications for Innovation Management?
- Markets for Technology
- Capital Markets, Innovation Systems, and the Financing of Innovation
- Consumption of Innovation
- Sustainable Innovation Management
- Managing Social Innovation
- Innovation Management in Japan
- Innovation Management in China
- Technology and Innovation
- Innovation, Strategy, and Hypercompetition
- Business Model Innovation
- Managing Open Innovation
- Collaboration and Innovation Management
- Organizing Innovation
- Human Resource Management Practices and Innovation
- Managing R&D and New Product Development
- Internationalization of Research and Development
- Intellectual Property Rights, Standards, and the Management of Innovation
- Mergers and Acquisitions and Innovation
- Services, Innovation, and Managing Service Innovation
- Innovation and Project Management
- Platforms and Innovation
Abstract and Keywords
This article surveys, organizes, and critically discusses the literature on the role of human resource practices for explaining innovation outcomes. We specifically put an emphasis on what is often called ‘new’ or ‘modern’ HRM practices—practices that imply high levels of delegation of decisions, extensive lateral and vertical communication channels, and the use of reward systems. We discuss how individual practices influence innovation, and how the clustering of specific practices matters for innovation, while drawing attention to the notion of complementarities between practices. Moreover, we discuss various possible moderators and mediators of the HRM/innovation link, such as the type of knowledge involved (tacit/codified), knowledge sharing, social capital, and network effects. We argue—despite substantial progress made in the pertinent literature—that the precise causal mechanisms underlying the HRM/innovation links remain poorly understood. Against this backdrop we suggest avenues for future research.
Keld Laursen, Professor, Department of Organizational Economics and Innovation, Copenhagen Business School and Centre for Service Innovation, Department of Strategy and Management, Norwegian School of Economics.
Nicolai J. Foss, Department of Strategic Management and Globalization, Copenhagen Business School.
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