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Type Working Paper
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 Schneider
  • Silvia Teuber
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name UZH Business Working Paper Series
Number 361
ISSN 2296-0422
Number of Pages 26
Date 2015
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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