Title: Human capital and new product development performance efficiency - the mediating role of organisational learning capability

Authors: Mohammad Hossein Khasmafkan Nezam; Ali Ataffar; Ali Nasr Isfahani; Arash Shahin

Addresses: Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezarjerib Street, Isfahan City, Iran ' Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezarjerib Street, Isfahan City, Iran ' Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezarjerib Street, Isfahan City, Iran ' Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezarjerib Street, Isfahan City, Iran

Abstract: Intellectual framework of today's organisations is full of pointing out of the information and participation of expert and innovative workforce instead of operational workforce. In this space, improving performance and sustaining competitive advantage are fundamental concerns for managers. Innovation and organisational learning are the best important bases for improving performance and obtaining competitive advantage. Therefore, this research wants to investigate and model the relationship between human capital (HC) and new product development performance (NPDP) efficiency with regard to the mediating role of organisational learning capability (OLC). The automobile industry in Iran is elected as a statistical society. In this study, results are obtained by structural equations and path model. Also for better description of results, we use other deducible statistic such as binomial test and one-sample Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. The results of this study bode that human capital can improve NPDP efficiency by organisational learning capability. Also the provided model in this research is supported by data.

Keywords: human capital; new product development; automotive NPD; organisational learning; learning capability; performance efficiency; automobile industry; Iran.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2016.076670

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2016 Vol.20 No.1, pp.26 - 46

Received: 07 Dec 2013
Accepted: 16 Nov 2014

Published online: 20 May 2016 *

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