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Peter Kesting

Innovation and network collaboration: An HRM perspective

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Research suggests that small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) can benefit from network collaboration by enhancing opportunities
for innovation. Managing the necessary collaboration to benefit from network
participation may however be particularly challenging for SMEs due to their
size and their inherent shortage of resources. In this paper, we propose that
human resource management (HRM) practices may provide a means by which
SMEs can increase their innovation capacity through network collaboration.
Following a brief presentation of the relevant literature on networks, and
innovation in networks in particular, and HRM, we analyse and evaluate the
potential applicability of existing models for supporting innovation in SMEs
participating in networks. Finally, we propose several lines of inquiry arising
from our analysis that provide directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management
Pages (from-to)138-153
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

    Research areas

  • Innovation, Human resource management, HRM, Network Collaboration, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs

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