Title: Measuring HRM innovativeness

Authors: Leda Vassalou

Addresses: Athens University of Economics and Business, Kyprou 3 Papagou, 156–69 Athens, Greece

Abstract: The paper proposes a new explanatory framework for the phenomenon of innovativeness in the field of HRM, by analysing the causal relationships of the determinants of the different dimensions of Human Resource Management innovativeness. The hypotheses form an original model of HRM innovativeness, which comprises the simultaneous influence of three sets of variables (internal environment, external environment and personal characteristics) on the construct of innovativeness. The paper, in order to test this model, proposes the measurement of the complex phenomenon of innovativeness with four distinct but interrelated dimensions: the number of adopted HRM innovations, the speed of their adoption, the radicalness of the adopted innovations and the attitude of the HRM department towards innovation. With the specific methods we use and the model we develop, the paper sets the ground for future research towards the effective and efficient application of innovation in the field of human resource management.

Keywords: human resource management; HRM; administrative innovation; theoretical framework; structural equation modelling; innovation adoption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2005.008507

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2005 Vol.5 No.4, pp.342 - 370

Available online: 24 Dec 2005 *

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