Title: Openness and staff training as antecedents of administration and management innovation: a cross-country study

Authors: Igor Dukeov; Vladimir V. Jaschenko; Madara Apsalone; Pia Heilmann

Addresses: Lahti University of Technology (LUT), Lappeenranta, Lahti, Finland ' Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University 'LETI', Saint Petersburg, Russia ' University of Latvia, Riga, Lativa ' University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Kuopio, Finland

Abstract: A firm's ability to innovate has gained continuously increasing attention among scholars and practitioners. This study aims to discuss the relationship of a firm's openness as an element of organisational culture and staff training as an element of organisational learning to its activity in introducing administration and management innovation in two countries. Data collection was conducted in Latvia and Russia. To make the research more specific, organisational innovation is broken down into two categories: innovation in management practices; and innovation in workplace organisation. The result obtained demonstrated the positive impact of staff training on innovation activities and openness on staff trading, though the values were found significantly different for the two countries. The study has also shown that the roots of traditions in doing business were deeply related to a nation's originality, and no external impact could ruin them completely. At the practical level, in terms of comparable management theory, this means that cultural traditions persist in a society, regardless of any circumstances artificially created for business by outside forces over a long period.

Keywords: administration and management innovation; innovation management; organisational learning; comparative management; organisational culture; openness; staff training.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCM.2020.111546

International Journal of Comparative Management, 2020 Vol.3 No.3, pp.183 - 207

Received: 10 Jun 2020
Accepted: 14 Aug 2020

Published online: 30 Nov 2020 *

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