The empirical evidence of the past fifteen years has shown the existence of a positive relationship between the adoption of organizational innovations and a firm’s economic results. The dominant theory maintains that the effects are greater if the new practices are introduced in ‘bundles’, and if they are designed consistently with the firm’s other strategies, particularly those related to technological innovations. However, it is still unclear what strategies are actually adopted by firms, and especially so in the case of Italy. Through analysis of an original sample of medium-sized firms in the Milanese area, this paper shows that organizational innovations have been introduced in a large part of firms, but in many cases the process of organizational change is not yet complete, so that the situation is largely one of ‘transition’. Supporting the dominant theory, moreover, analysis of the relationships with business performance shows that the firms which have achieved the largest productivity increases are those which have combined investments in the new organization of work with advanced technologies.

High performance work systems, technological innovations and firm performance in SME : evidences from the case of the Milan area / E. Della Torre, L. Solari. ((Intervento presentato al 10. convegno Workshop di organizzazione aziendale (WOA) tenutosi a Cagliari nel 2009.

High performance work systems, technological innovations and firm performance in SME : evidences from the case of the Milan area

E. Della Torre;L. Solari
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2008

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The empirical evidence of the past fifteen years has shown the existence of a positive relationship between the adoption of organizational innovations and a firm’s economic results. The dominant theory maintains that the effects are greater if the new practices are introduced in ‘bundles’, and if they are designed consistently with the firm’s other strategies, particularly those related to technological innovations. However, it is still unclear what strategies are actually adopted by firms, and especially so in the case of Italy. Through analysis of an original sample of medium-sized firms in the Milanese area, this paper shows that organizational innovations have been introduced in a large part of firms, but in many cases the process of organizational change is not yet complete, so that the situation is largely one of ‘transition’. Supporting the dominant theory, moreover, analysis of the relationships with business performance shows that the firms which have achieved the largest productivity increases are those which have combined investments in the new organization of work with advanced technologies.
innovation ; high performance work systems ; performance
Settore SECS-P/10 - Organizzazione Aziendale
Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Facoltà di Economia
High performance work systems, technological innovations and firm performance in SME : evidences from the case of the Milan area / E. Della Torre, L. Solari. ((Intervento presentato al 10. convegno Workshop di organizzazione aziendale (WOA) tenutosi a Cagliari nel 2009.
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