Learning capabilities, human resource management innovation and competitive advantage

Amarakoon, Upamali, Weerawardena, Jay and Verreynne, Martie-Louise (2016) Learning capabilities, human resource management innovation and competitive advantage. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 1-31. doi:10.1080/09585192.2016.1209228

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Author Amarakoon, Upamali
Weerawardena, Jay
Verreynne, Martie-Louise
Title Learning capabilities, human resource management innovation and competitive advantage
Journal name The International Journal of Human Resource Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0958-5192
Publication date 2016-07-25
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09585192.2016.1209228
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 31
Total pages 31
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The growing literature on innovation pays limited attention to the role of human resource management (HRM) innovation in creating competitive advantage. This paper adopts a knowledge-based approach to examine how firms design and implement HRM innovations (HRMIs) and how such innovations support competitive advantage. Drawing from multiple streams of literature and qualitative evidence from Australian manufacturing and service firms, our findings reveal that human resource (HR) functional-level learning capabilities, through which HR professionals build and nurture new knowledge configurations, facilitate the design and implementation of HRMIs. The findings also reveal that HRMIs, when coupled with top management support, can play a vital role in firm competitive advantage. Addressing the limitations of the term radical innovations to fully capture HRMIs and based on our findings and extant literature we propose a new classification that will capture the unique nature of HRMIs. In addition to contributing to theory, our paper provides valuable insights to practitioners for building and nurturing learning capabilities for HRMI-related competitive advantage.
Keyword HRM innovation
Transformational innovation
Learning capabilities
Top management support
Competitive advantage
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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