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Human resource management and radical innovation : a fuzzy-set QCA of US multinationals in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK


Backes-Gellner, Uschi; Kluike, Marlies; Pull, Kerstin; Schneider, Martin; Teuber, Silvia (2015). Human resource management and radical innovation : a fuzzy-set QCA of US multinationals in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. UZH Business Working Paper Series 361, University of Zurich.

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This paper explores, based on the varieties-of-capitalism approach, configurations of key human resource management practices that explain radical innovation in subsidiaries. A fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis is conducted with data for 69 subsidiaries of US-based MNEs in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. Contrary to the implications of the varieties-of-capitalism literature, combining numerical flexibility and employing a high share of academics does not necessarily achieve radical innovation. Various paths to radical innovation exist, and most of them involve functional flexibility. Overall, the findings emphasize the strategic discretion MNEs have, and accentuate that functional flexibility is a key HR practice to achieve radical innovation across differing varieties of capitalism countries.

Abstract

This paper explores, based on the varieties-of-capitalism approach, configurations of key human resource management practices that explain radical innovation in subsidiaries. A fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis is conducted with data for 69 subsidiaries of US-based MNEs in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK. Contrary to the implications of the varieties-of-capitalism literature, combining numerical flexibility and employing a high share of academics does not necessarily achieve radical innovation. Various paths to radical innovation exist, and most of them involve functional flexibility. Overall, the findings emphasize the strategic discretion MNEs have, and accentuate that functional flexibility is a key HR practice to achieve radical innovation across differing varieties of capitalism countries.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:30 December 2015
Deposited On:11 Sep 2019 12:20
Last Modified:28 Oct 2019 08:29
Series Name:UZH Business Working Paper Series
Number of Pages:26
ISSN:2296-0422
OA Status:Green
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:18188

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