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HRM in innovative, high-tech manufacturing SMEs

Huisman, Thessa (2014) HRM in innovative, high-tech manufacturing SMEs.

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Abstract:This thesis aims to study the relationship between HR practices and innovation in high-tech innovative manufacturing SMEs.It extends existing research by providing research findings based on multiple case studies, while at the same time enabling practitioners to understand how human resource management could be used to increase their innovativeness that could eventually lead to increased firm performance. The research findings show, in line with existing literature, that there are differences in HRM between small- and medium-sized firms. Where HRM in small firms is very limited, more HR practices are used at medium-sized firms, like promotion opportunities and training and development. According to the literature several HR practices can be used to enhance innovation. High autonomy and highly educated personnel seems to enhance innovation according to the results. Participation is very important in almost all companies. Training and development is also important, but mainly for process innovation. The conceptual model that was proposed at the end of the theoretical framework was not fully supported by the results of the interviews. The relationship between strategy and HRM could not be found. For context and HRM a very diverse relationship could be identified.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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