This paper studies the relationship between organizational innovation, industrial relations and economic performance at the firm level. It adopts an applied perspective by means of a comprehensive survey on a specific industrial sector, the food industry, with the aim of investigating: (i) the degree of organizational innovation and the diffusion of HRM practices; (ii) the relevance of the interaction between unions and top management in the process of decision-making at an operative, organizational and strategic level; (iii) the relations between the intensity of organizational innovation and the quality of industrial relations; (iv) the effects of organizational changes on firm performance. The focus is on firms with bargaining activity at establishment level where worker committees exist. The dataset is derived from a structured questionnaire submitted to union members concerning structural data on firms and local productive units, production flexibility, organizational models, compensation systems, industrial relations and firm performance. The quantitative analysis highlights the following critical elements. First, the firm governance seems characterized by a strong relevance of industrial relations, in terms of “good quality atmosphere” and “involvement of worker representatives and employees”: their action proves to be a stimulus to organizational changes. The set of industrial relations variables does emerge as a significant factor explaining firm innovation intensity. Second, although we cannot ascertain the causal link given the cross-sectional nature of data, firm performance and organizational innovations arise as two elements which are strictly and positively related to each other.

Organisational Innovations, Human Resources and Firm Performance. The Emilia-Romagna Food Sector / Tortia, Ermanno Celeste; P., Pini; M., Mazzanti. - In: JOURNAL OF SOCIO-ECONOMICS. - ISSN 1053-5357. - STAMPA. - 35:1(2006), pp. 123-141. [10.1016/j.socec.2005.12.007]

Organisational Innovations, Human Resources and Firm Performance. The Emilia-Romagna Food Sector

Tortia, Ermanno Celeste;
2006

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This paper studies the relationship between organizational innovation, industrial relations and economic performance at the firm level. It adopts an applied perspective by means of a comprehensive survey on a specific industrial sector, the food industry, with the aim of investigating: (i) the degree of organizational innovation and the diffusion of HRM practices; (ii) the relevance of the interaction between unions and top management in the process of decision-making at an operative, organizational and strategic level; (iii) the relations between the intensity of organizational innovation and the quality of industrial relations; (iv) the effects of organizational changes on firm performance. The focus is on firms with bargaining activity at establishment level where worker committees exist. The dataset is derived from a structured questionnaire submitted to union members concerning structural data on firms and local productive units, production flexibility, organizational models, compensation systems, industrial relations and firm performance. The quantitative analysis highlights the following critical elements. First, the firm governance seems characterized by a strong relevance of industrial relations, in terms of “good quality atmosphere” and “involvement of worker representatives and employees”: their action proves to be a stimulus to organizational changes. The set of industrial relations variables does emerge as a significant factor explaining firm innovation intensity. Second, although we cannot ascertain the causal link given the cross-sectional nature of data, firm performance and organizational innovations arise as two elements which are strictly and positively related to each other.
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Tortia, Ermanno Celeste; P., Pini; M., Mazzanti
Organisational Innovations, Human Resources and Firm Performance. The Emilia-Romagna Food Sector / Tortia, Ermanno Celeste; P., Pini; M., Mazzanti. - In: JOURNAL OF SOCIO-ECONOMICS. - ISSN 1053-5357. - STAMPA. - 35:1(2006), pp. 123-141. [10.1016/j.socec.2005.12.007]
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