The influence of human resource management practices on learning and innovation: pharmaceutical firms in Mexico
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This paper explores the influence of human resource management practices on learning and innovation in the context of developing countries. It focuses in particular, on the contribution of some management practices conditioning learning at the individual level. Firms may choose between three alternative learning strategies: performance of R&D in-house (Internal), acquire technology from external sources of knowledge (External) or a combination of both these strategies. Analysis is supported by multinomial logit regression techniques using survey data about pharmaceutical firms in Mexico. We find that wages and the provision of training by external agents are conducive to learning. Moreover, coincident with the notion of internal absorptive capacity building, the paper suggests human resource management practices may work better whenever firms in the industry combine internal and external learning strategies.