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Knowledge Exchange and Combination: The Role of Human Resource Practices in the Performance of High-Technology Firms
Academy of Management Journal (2006)
  • Christopher J Collins, Cornell University
  • Ken G Smith, University of Maryland
Abstract

[Excerpt] In this study, we developed and tested a theory of how human resource practices affect the organizational social climate conditions that facilitate knowledge exchange and combination and resultant firm performance. A field study of 136 technology companies showed that commitment-based human resource practices were positively related to the organizational social climates of trust, cooperation, and shared codes and language. In turn, these measures of a firm's social climate were related to the firm's capability to exchange and combine knowledge, a relationship that predicted firm revenue from new products and services and firm sales growth.

Keywords
  • knowledge exchange,
  • human resource practices,
  • performance,
  • high-technology firms
Publication Date
2006
Publisher Statement
Suggested Citation

Collins, C. J., & Smith, K. G. (2006). Knowledge exchange and combination: The role of human resource practices in the performance of high-technology firms [Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_collins/30/

Required Publisher Statement

© Academy of Management. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Final version published as: Collins, C. J., & Smith, K. G. (2006). Knowledge exchange and combination: The role of human resource practices in the performance of high-technology firms. Academy of Management Journal, 49(3), 544-560.

Citation Information
Christopher J Collins and Ken G Smith. "Knowledge Exchange and Combination: The Role of Human Resource Practices in the Performance of High-Technology Firms" Academy of Management Journal (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_collins/30/