Slash and burn or nip and tuck? Downsizing, innovation and human resources

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Title Slash and burn or nip and tuck? Downsizing, innovation and human resources
Author Mellahi, Kamel; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name International Journal of Human Resource Management
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Workforce downsizing has become a popular human resource practice by management over the last few decades. But surprisingly its impact on a number of organizational outcomes remains ambiguous. In this study we examine the link between different types of employee downsizing and organizational innovativeness. Our results, based on a survey of UK firms, indicate that the impact of workforce downsizing on innovation is contingent on the speed of implementation and the motive for downsizing. Contrary to expectations, the results reveal that the size of the workforce reduction has no significant impact on innovation.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2010.516584
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Human Resource Management Vol. 21(13), 2010, pp. 2291-2305. International Journal of Human Resource Management is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 21
Issue Number 13
Page from 2291
Page to 2305
ISSN 0958-5192
Date Accessioned 2011-01-12
Date Available 2012-09-14T01:35:38Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36501
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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