Perceptions of HR practices and innovative work behavior: The moderating effect of an innovative climate

Anna C. Bos-Nehles, André A.R. Veenendaal

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    The purposes of this paper are to explore the effect that perceived HR practices have on the innovative work behavior (IWB) of individual workers and to examine the role that an innovative climate plays in this relationship. We hypothesize that employees will show greater IWB if they perceive the organizational climate to support innovation and perceive the presence of HR practices related to a compensation system, training and development, information sharing, and supportive supervision. Using data from 463 individuals in four Dutch manufacturing companies, the study tests the effects of employees’ perceptions of HR practices and of an innovative climate on their innovative behaviors. We found that employee perceptions of a compensation system are negatively related to IWB, and that employee perceptions of information sharing and supportive supervision are positively related to IWB. The effect of perceptions of information sharing and training and development on IWB are moderated by an innovative climate, in such a way that information sharing has a stronger effect on IWB and training and development a weaker one. Managers can stimulate innovative behavior by investing in information sharing, supportive supervision, and establishing an innovative climate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages24
    JournalInternational journal of human resource management
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Innovative work behavior
    • innovative climate
    • perceived HR practices
    • compensation system
    • tarining and development
    • Information Sharing
    • supportive supervision

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