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Title: Are new organisations at the cutting edge of employment relations innovation?
Authors: Peetz, David
Muurlink, Olav
Townsend, Keith
Wilkinson, Adrian
Brabant, Madeleine
Keywords: Innovation
Convergence
Quantitative
Divergence
New firms
Emerging firms
Employment relations practices
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Emerald
Citation: PEETZ, D. ...et al., 2017. Are new organisations at the cutting edge of employment relations innovation? Personnel Review, 46(7), pp. 1397-1413.
Abstract: © 2017, © David Peetz, Olav Muurlink, Keith Townsend, Adrian Wilkinson and Madeleine Brabant. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore differences in the degree of innovation in employment relations (ER) between emerging and established firms, Design/methodology/approach: A large national telephone survey (N=1,416) of both emerging ( < 5 years) and established firms was conducted. Findings: Emerging firms were more casualised, less unionised, and experiencing higher levels of market expansion and unpredict ability. Despite these differences, younger firms showed otherwise remarkable similarity to older firms across a range of ER practices, and both categories showed a reliance on business networks, rather formal training, for ER knowledge. While introducing ER changes more rapidly than older (and larger) firms, they were converging towards a suite of ER practices similar to that adopted by older firms. The results suggest that, if anything, established firms may have been engaged in greater innovation in more unusual ER practices. Research limitations/implications: Only managers were surveyed. The data are cross-sectional rather than longitudinal. As the study was undertaken in only one country, replication in other settings would be desirable. Originality/value: The results raise major doubts about the notion that new firms represent the cutting edge of innovation, and highlights the degree to which newer firms match or mimic older firms’ ER architecture.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Emerald under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1108/PR-09-2016-0249
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28038
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-09-2016-0249
ISSN: 0048-3486
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