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Innovation and Chinese HRM research and practice: Problems and promises – introduction to editors' forum

Greg G. Wang (The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, USA)
David Lamond (Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)
Yichi Zhang (Peking University, Beijing, China)

Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management

ISSN: 2040-8005

Article publication date: 21 October 2013




This article aims to highlight the importance of creativity and innovation in Chinese HRM research and practice. The authors first seek to bring some conceptual clarity to the term “innovation”, especially in relation to the notion of creativity. The authors then discuss Chinese HRM research and policies and practices associated with innovation. The authors conclude the article by introducing the forum articles that constitute this issue of the journal.


Literature review and analysis.


The authors discuss the conceptual difference and similarity between innovation and creativity. The literature analysis shows that Chinese HRM research is in a transitioning stage from local private novelty to global novelty, and innovation at individual and organizational level is determined by a sound national innovation system (NIS) that either fosters or hinders the overall ability of innovation in a sub-system.


The article differentiates creativity and innovation conceptually and specifies the critical role of NIS in fostering innovation ability at individual and organizational levels.



G. Wang, G., Lamond, D. and Zhang, Y. (2013), "Innovation and Chinese HRM research and practice: Problems and promises – introduction to editors' forum", Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 105-116.



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