We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK


93% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Managing people to promote innovation
View graph of relations

« Back

Managing people to promote innovation

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


  • Helen Shipton
  • Doris Fay
  • Michael West
  • Malcolm Patterson
  • Kamal Birdi
Journal publication date06/2005
JournalCreativity and Innovation Management
Number of pages11
Original languageEnglish


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.