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Knowledge management, HR practices and innovation : theoretical and emperical exploration

Jinchveladze, Tamar (2009) Knowledge management, HR practices and innovation : theoretical and emperical exploration.

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Abstract:This research, as far as known, provides a first attempt to explore the role of knowledge management (KM) in an integrative way between the relationship of human resource (HR) practices and innovation. Moreover, three sub-components of knowledge creation (experience, learning and teamwork) and two segments of knowledge transfer (codification and personalization) are related to the exploitative and explorative innovation. Alongside, four HR practices have been selected to check their affect on KM channels, such as performance appraisal, job rotation, training/mentoring and reward systems. Further, organizational structure and social capital are explored as pre-conditions for above mentioned relationships. The research is a part of a bigger project financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the province of Overijssel in the Netherlands. The project studies the competencies for innovation and is conducted in collaboration with innovative companies in the Eastern part of the Netherlands. An exploratory survey design with qualitative and quantitative data is used for investigating the topic in eight companies from industrial and service sector in the region of Twente, the Netherlands. The respondents held high positions in HR departments, mostly as directors or managers. The findings showed that there was a lack of clear strategy on innovation. Exploitative innovation was dominant in companies. Some sub-components of KM channels were related to exploitative innovation or were mostly used interchangeably with HR practices. Overall, the research opens a number of questions that can be an arena for further research
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60387
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