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HRM as a predictor of innovation

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  • Helen Shipton
  • Michael West
  • Jeremy Dawson
  • Kamal Birdi
  • Malcolm Patterson
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Human Resource Management Journal
Number of pages25
<mark>Original language</mark>English


There is growing evidence available to suggest that HR practice is an important
predictor of organisational performance. In this article, we argue that HR practices also have the potential to promote organisational innovation. We describe a longitudinal study of 22 UK manufacturing companies and examine the relationship between such practices and product and technological innovation. Results reveal that training, induction, team working, appraisal and exploratory learning focus are all predictors of innovation. Contingent reward, applied in conjunction with an exploratory learning focus, is positively associated with innovation in technical systems. Furthermore, training, appraisal and induction, combined with exploratory learning focus, explain
variation between companies in product and technological innovation above and beyond the main effects observed.