Human resource management and learning for innovation: pharmaceuticals in Mexico

Fernando Santiago-Rodriguez


This paper investigates the influence of human resource management on learning from internal and external sources of knowledge. Learning for innovation is a key ingredient of catching-up processes. The analysis builds on survey data about pharmaceutical firms in Mexico. Results show that the influence of human resource management is contingent on the knowledge flows and innovation goals pursued by the firm. Practices such as training-- particularly from external partners; and remuneration for performance are conducive to learning for innovation.

Keywords: Learning; R&D; human resource management; pharmaceuticals; Mexico

JEL codes: O31, O32, O54

UNU-MERIT Working Papers ISSN 1871-9872

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