The Relationship between Trade Unions and Innovation in Chile.


  • Goretti Cabaleiro School of Economics & Business, Universidad de Navarra
  • Francisca Gutiérrez Alberto Hurtado University



Labor unions, Trade unions, Innovation, Chile.


This article examines how and to what extent unions affect companies' innovation in Chile. It contributes to the existing literature in the following two aspects: First, because it widens the scope of analysis focusing in a developing country that is characterized by some specificities regarding the innovation as well the union landscape. Second, because this paper takes into account the effect of unions in the different types of innovation proposed in the Oslo Manual by OECD.  Results show that unions do not affect product and process innovation while influence to organizational innovation and marketing in a non-linear way.


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Author Biography

Francisca Gutiérrez, Alberto Hurtado University

Francisca Gutiérrez Crocco is Assistant Professor at Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH), Faculty of Business and Economics, and Attached Researcher at the Center for the Study of Social Conflict and Cohesion (COES), in Santiago de Chile. She got a Ph.D. in Sociology at the École des Hautes Études under the supervision of François Dubet (Paris, France). Her research lines are Employment Relations and Social Movements.  Currently, she leads several research projects on these lines, including  "Managing 'Radishes.' The Business Disposition to Trade Unions in Chile" (Fondecyt Nº11150217.), "The Annual Survey for the Evaluation of Labor Relations at the Central Administration" (Civil Service-UAH), and the Observatory of Labor Strikes (UAH-COES). She thanks FONDAP N. 15130009 for its financial support in the writing process of this paper.


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How to Cite

Cabaleiro, G., & Gutiérrez, F. (2019). The Relationship between Trade Unions and Innovation in Chile. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 14(4), 17–30.



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