The play of power and politics in innovation and HRM

Zanko, M., Badham, R., Couchman, P. K. and Schubert, M. 2006, The play of power and politics in innovation and HRM, in ANZAM 2006 : Pragmatism, philosophy, priorities. : Proceedings of the 20th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference on Management: : 6-9 December 2006, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton., ANZAM, Lindfield, N.S.W., pp. 1-20.

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Title The play of power and politics in innovation and HRM
Author(s) Zanko, M.
Badham, R.
Couchman, P. K.
Schubert, M.
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Conference (20th : 2006 : Rockhampton, Qld)
Conference location Rockhampton, Queensland
Conference dates 6-9 Dec. 2006
Title of proceedings ANZAM 2006 : Pragmatism, philosophy, priorities. : Proceedings of the 20th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference on Management: : 6-9 December 2006, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton.
Editor(s) Kennedy, Jessica
Di Milia, Lee
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Start page 1
End page 20
Publisher ANZAM
Place of publication Lindfield, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) innovation
HRM
politics
power
concurrent engineering
Summary This paper analyses the human resource management (HRM) practices involved in the implementation of a process innovation approach to product development (concurrent engineering (CE)) in the Australian subsidiary of a multinational firm engaged in military defence electronics. According to the research literature, almost all aspects of managing product development under a CE approach are linked to people management. Yet in this particular case, other than project team structure, the prescriptive HRM dimensions of CE were conspicuously absent in the implementation process. This absence is explained by the play of power and politics involving stakeholders analysed over an 18 month period. The implications of this analysis for understanding the embedded, interdependent and political nature of HRM and process innovation are addressed.
ISBN 9781921047343
1921047348
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, ANZAM
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034790

Document type: Conference Paper
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