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Technology Innovation and HRM

Technology Innovation and HRM
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Originally published as the International Journal of Manpower Volume 26 Number 6, 2005

ISBN: 1 84544 827 8

Guest edited by: Zhongming Wang and Jin Chen, Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China.

In this Special Issue, technology innovation and HRM are reported through various areas of research which provide systematic evidence for the three integrated HR strategies for organizational effectiveness and competitive advantage.

A significant approach to long-term manpower development is to achieve organizational effectiveness through technology innovation, managerial competency modeling and performance-based strategic human resource management (HRM) interventions. The rapid organizational re-structuring and globally distributed engineering have called for the needs for integrated strategies and the new ways of HRM in promoting technology innovation, organizational change and entrepreneurship.


Contents:

Organizational effectiveness through technology innovation and HRM strategies
This editorial aims at providing a general framework for papers in this special issue. The main theme is to understand the organizational effectiveness from recent developments in technology innovation and human resources strategies.

Technology innovation, human resources and dysfunctional integration
This paper provides an in-depth empirical account demonstrating the danger of letting the innovative human resources of the business development function “slide” further out of orbit and thus become increasingly isolated from the rest of the organisation.

An exploratory study on contingency factors affecting R&D performance measurement
Adopting a bottom-up approach that reflects R&D professionals' opinion, this study investigates the relationship between preferred performance measures and contingency factors (project phase, structure, technology, and the position of R&D professionals). Fifty two senior researchers at a Korean telecommunications laboratory were surveyed.

Informal contacts and performance in innovation teams
Building on the results of this study, managers can better orchestrate innovation teams focusing not only on formal but also on informal contacts. The main practical implication is to strive for friendship contacts and to avoid too strong friendly contacts.

A system model for corporate entrepreneurship
This paper brings forth a system model to better the methods of cultivating corporate entrepreneurship to enhance corporate innovation performance based on an empirical study.

Strategic human resources, innovation and entrepreneurship fit: A cross-regional comparative model
Strategic human resource management (SHRM) is seen as crucial for innovation and entrepreneurship in China. An empirical research was carried out to investigate main dimensions of the model of human resources management (HRM), practices and their effects on organisational performance in relation to innovation and entrepreneurship.

The effects of culture and HRM practices on firm performance: Empirical evidence from Singapore
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of organizational culture and human resource management (HRM) effectiveness on financial performance of a sample of Singapore-based companies involved in mergers and acquisition activities.

Strategy alignment between HRM, KM, and corporate development
This study seeks to examine the relationships between corporate strategy, human resource management (HRM) strategy, and knowledge management (KM) strategy, as well as their interactive influence on KM effectiveness.


About the International Journal of Manpower

The field of manpower planning and labour economics is a complex one, influenced by the many social, technological and economic changes evident in our world today. This journal provides a forum for the publication of important research findings. Within this important area, the International Journal of Manpower plays a major role, providing invaluable support to academics and researchers in the field, and to all those charged with setting policies and strategies relating to workforce issues.

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