Purpose The human dimension of open innovation is paramount for organisational excellence. However, there is scant evidence of the implications of human resource management practices on employees' orientation towards open innovation. The article shows how such practices facilitate the development of an open innovation climate among food companies. Design/methodology/approach An empirical study was designed to obtain insights into the approach to open innovation of a large sample of food companies (n = 2,458). Secondary data were collected from the sixth European Working Condition Survey. A parallel mediation analysis allowed us to investigate the human resource management practices' implications on individual perceptions of an open innovation-oriented organisational climate through the mediating effect of employees' involvement and engagement. Findings Human resource management practices have an impact on employees' skills, motivation and interpersonal relationships, but they do not have direct implications on the employees' perception of an open innovation-oriented organizational climate. As they solicit employees' involvement and engagement, human resource management practices indirectly nurture a favourable perception of an open innovation-oriented organisational climate. Practical implications Tailored human resource management practices should be crafted to increase employees' capabilities and motivation and, therefore, to sustain open innovation in the food sector. Human resource management practices foster employees' involvement and engagement, which pave the way for a greater proclivity to open innovation at the individual and collective levels. Originality/value The article discusses the implications of human resource management practices on the perception of an organisational climate conducive to open innovation, envisioning aspects to focus on and avenues for future research.

Palumbo, R., Manesh, M., Pellegrini, M., Flamini, G. (2022). Setting the conditions for open innovation in the food industry: unravelling the human dimension of open innovation. BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL, 124(6), 1786-1809 [10.1108/BFJ-02-2021-0162].

Setting the conditions for open innovation in the food industry: unravelling the human dimension of open innovation

Palumbo, R;Pellegrini, M;Flamini, G
2022

Abstract

Purpose The human dimension of open innovation is paramount for organisational excellence. However, there is scant evidence of the implications of human resource management practices on employees' orientation towards open innovation. The article shows how such practices facilitate the development of an open innovation climate among food companies. Design/methodology/approach An empirical study was designed to obtain insights into the approach to open innovation of a large sample of food companies (n = 2,458). Secondary data were collected from the sixth European Working Condition Survey. A parallel mediation analysis allowed us to investigate the human resource management practices' implications on individual perceptions of an open innovation-oriented organisational climate through the mediating effect of employees' involvement and engagement. Findings Human resource management practices have an impact on employees' skills, motivation and interpersonal relationships, but they do not have direct implications on the employees' perception of an open innovation-oriented organizational climate. As they solicit employees' involvement and engagement, human resource management practices indirectly nurture a favourable perception of an open innovation-oriented organisational climate. Practical implications Tailored human resource management practices should be crafted to increase employees' capabilities and motivation and, therefore, to sustain open innovation in the food sector. Human resource management practices foster employees' involvement and engagement, which pave the way for a greater proclivity to open innovation at the individual and collective levels. Originality/value The article discusses the implications of human resource management practices on the perception of an organisational climate conducive to open innovation, envisioning aspects to focus on and avenues for future research.
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Rilevanza internazionale
Articolo
Esperti anonimi
Settore SECS-P/10
English
Con Impact Factor ISI
Open innovation
Human resource management
Food industry
Employee involvement
Employee engagement
Human dimension
https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-02-2021-0162
Palumbo, R., Manesh, M., Pellegrini, M., Flamini, G. (2022). Setting the conditions for open innovation in the food industry: unravelling the human dimension of open innovation. BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL, 124(6), 1786-1809 [10.1108/BFJ-02-2021-0162].
Palumbo, R; Manesh, M; Pellegrini, M; Flamini, G
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