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The mediating effect of meaningful work between human resource practices and innovative work behavior: a study of emerging market

Nishant Singh (Department of Management (OB and HR), CMS Business School, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Bengaluru, India)
Umesh Bamel (Organization Behaviour and Human Resources, International Management Institute New Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Veena Vohra (School of Business Management (Human Resources and Behavioral Sciences), NMIMS, Mumbai, India)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 17 September 2020

Issue publication date: 16 February 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study is aimed at examining the mediating effect of meaningful work (MFW) between human resource practices (HRP) i.e. staffing, training, participation, performance-based evaluation, and reward with innovative work behavior (IWB) of Indian small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) employees.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a cross-sectional study with data of 199 respondents collected from the Indian SME sector. The mediation path was analyzed using multiple hierarchical regression analysis and processes.

Findings

Results of the study indicate that human resource practices, i.e. staffing, training and participatory decision making, are positively related to IWB; MFW mediates the relationships between these human resource practices and IWB. Interestingly, performance-based evaluation and reward are not found to be related positively to IWB in SMEs.

Originality/value

The study adds value to SME literature on how SMEs may promote innovation amongst their employees. In addition, the findings of the present study add to human resource management (HRM) literature regarding practices in Indian SMEs.

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Citation

Singh, N., Bamel, U. and Vohra, V. (2021), "The mediating effect of meaningful work between human resource practices and innovative work behavior: a study of emerging market", Employee Relations, Vol. 43 No. 2, pp. 459-478. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-04-2020-0150

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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