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The play of power and politics in innovation and HRM

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Zanko, R Badham, Paul Couchman, M Schubert
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.

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Event

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Conference (20th : 2006 : Rockhampton, Qld)

Pagination

1 - 20

Publisher

ANZAM

Location

Rockhampton, Queensland

Place of publication

Lindfield, N.S.W.

Start date

2006-12-06

End date

2006-12-09

ISBN-13

9781921047343

ISBN-10

1921047348

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2006, ANZAM

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Kennedy, L Di Milia

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.

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