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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Human resource management and radical innovation : a fuzzy-set QCA of US multinationals in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK
Organization Unit
  • Uschi Backes-Gellner
  • Marlies Kluike
  • Kerstin Pull
  • Martin R Schneider
  • Silvia Teuber
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Journal of Business Economics / Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft
Publisher Springer
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0044-2372
Volume 86
Number 7
Page Range 751 - 772
Date 2016
Abstract Text 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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Digital Object Identifier 10.1007/s11573-015-0803-3
Other Identification Number merlin-id:13557
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