Innovative HRM. A Review of the Literature




This research note summarizes the findings of a literature review of innovative HRM. Based on an analysis of 47 articles, three main approaches to innovative HRM are identified. First, innovative HRM can refer to innovation of HRM. Other studies focus on how HRM responds to innovations. And, thirdly, the term innovative HRM is found in the literature focusing on organizational innovativeness. These three approaches, along with theoretical explanations, are discussed. The note closes with implications for research and practice.


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How to Cite

Koster, F. (2019). Innovative HRM. A Review of the Literature. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 14(2), 97–106.