Human Resource Management And Learning Based On In-House R&D: The Pharmaceutical Industry In Mexico
This paper investigates the influence of human resource management practices on the likelihood that a firm performs in-house Research and Development (R&D). The latter is broadly interpreted as learning¾a mechanism to promote the absorptive capacity and supporting technology capability-building in latecomer firms. The use of distinct definitions of R&D implies different knowledge requirements that firms need to fulfill in order to innovate. The analysis assumes that firms can choose between two learning strategies: they may exploit existing knowledge, or perform more complex explorations and acquire new knowledge.