Session Details: Session 1012

The Role of Human and Social Factors in Firm Innovation and Success

Track A

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008


Time: 15:00 – 16:15


Room: Lecture Theatre 2

Session Chair:
Narendra Agrawal, Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore

Title: Cultural Change in the Context of Mergers and Acquisitions


  • Aida Hajro, Brunel University
  • Abhijit Mandal, City University

Despite the increasing importance of managing cultural change in cross-border M&As, available literature has largely examined cultural differences at the country level, not having examined the concept of organizational cultural-distance. The conclusions from these studies haven’t had significant impact resulting in poor success of M&As. Thus, one needs to study the dynamics of culture at organizational levels. This proposal approaches one of the most common problems resulting from the enforcement of HQ corporate culture on subsidiaries. It traces the existing literature and organizes it to form a cause-and-effect-model based on systems thinking. This model offers dynamic hypotheses revealing certain insights about addressing the issue. The proposal ends with a description of what the complete paper will offer, based on a simulation of the proposed model.

Title: Enhancing Bottom-Up Innovations: an Employee-Driven Perspective


  • Peter Kesting, Aarhus University
  • John Ulhoi, Aarhus University
  • Pernille Smith, Aarhus School of Business

Scientific Management techniques have shown that the application of standardized approaches to organizing work processes could lead to significant increases in productivity. The question is whether there is another ‘undiscovered’ intra-organizational potential in the form of a ‘hidden creativity’ to be found in firms. ‘Hidden creativity’ refers to the idea that much innovation potential remains unexploited because most firms reserve the responsibility for getting new ideas to specially assigned R&D functions or managers. Research on Employee Driven Innovation (EDI) is still at its beginnings. In the paper we identify four relevant key factors that have been addressed in literature on innovation. We discuss how these key factors apply the specific case of EDI and point out potential problems that are related to cross-cultural differences.

Title: How Does the HR Strategy Support an Innovation-Oriented Business Strategy in Leading Indian Business Organizations?


  • Fang Lee Cooke, RMIT University
  • Debi Saini, Management Development Institute

This paper investigates how human resources are managed in firms of different ownership forms in India and the extent to which strategic human resource management (SHRM) techniques have been adopted to support an innovation-oriented business strategy. It highlights the Indian institutional context for SHRM and reveals the extent to which the western approach to and configuration of high-commitment/performance models of HR practices may differ from that found in Indian firms. The study also has a number of practical implications for HR professionals, HR practices and organizations in the global context.

Title: Post Industrial Innovation and Trans-National Social Circulation: India's Model for Success in Services


  • Surja Datta, Oxford Brookes University
  • Mohammed Saad, University of the West of England

This paper suggests that India’s success in service based exports is based on twin pillars of post industrial innovations and trans-national social circulation of skilled labour. The different configuration of capital requirements for innovation in the post industrial era relative to the industrial era is one of the reasons of success for first generation entrepreneurs in India. At the same time, the particular trans-national social structure in which the firms found themselves embedded in contributed to their success. The fortuitous constellation of several favourable factors underlines the contingent nature of this success; however the paper suggests that important insights can be drawn from India’s experience to inform how developing countries can encourage knowledge based innovations in their societies.

All Sessions in Track A...

Sat: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1013: Corporate Entrepreneurship and Capability Development in Emerging Economies
Sat: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 1004: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Strategy in Emerging Economies
Sun: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 1028: The Changing Concepts of Business and Entrepreneurship in India - What new Theories do we Require?
Sun: 15:00 – 16:15
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