Department of Management

The role of employee participation in generating and commercialising innovations: insights from Chinese high-tech firms

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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  • Peter Kesting
  • Lynda Jiwen Song
    Lynda Jiwen SongRenmin University of ChinaChina
  • Zhihua Qin
    Zhihua QinRenmin University of ChinaChina
  • Michal Krol
    Michal KrolEuropean Centre for International Political Economy Belgium
To date, employee participation finds very little recognition in China in research as well as in management practice. It seems to fundamentally contradict traditional values in Chinese culture. The effect of employee participation on innovation is completely unknown, not only for China, but also for many other emerging economies. In contrast, employee participation finds a lot of recognition in the western world for quite some while.Research suggests that employee participation is particularly relevant for innovations in skilled
labour contexts, which are becoming increasingly important also for China. Based on a survey of 620 medium-sized and large companies we are investigating the effect of employee participation on innovation generation and commercialisation in China. In the formulation of our hypotheses we take the moderating effects of incentives into account. The contribution of this article is to give evidence on the explanation power of the western concept of employee participation outside the western world. This allows for a better understanding of the robustness of the concept towards cultural context factors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume27
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1059-1081
Number of pages23
ISSN0958-5192
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StatePublished - Jun 2016

    Keywords

  • China, Employee-driven innovation (EDI), Employee participation, Innovation, Monetary incentives, Non monetary incentives

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