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Current Approaches in Social Sciences

Edited By Rasim Yilmaz, Günther Löschnigg, Hasan Arslan and Mehmet Ali Icbay

Current Approaches in Social Sciences is a collection of research papers on a wide range of social issues written by researchers from several different institutions. The book will appeal to educators, researchers, social students and teachers of all subjects and of all levels, who wish to develop personally and professionally. It will also be useful to all those who interact, one way or another, with both students and teachers in a social context.

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How does Strategic Staffing affect Innovation Performance of High-Tech Firms? ([Yonca Deniz Gürol, Haldun Şecaattin Çetinarslan]Cem Ener] [Yeliz Palaz] [Gökçe Sönmez])

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Yonca Deniz Gürol, Haldun Şecaattin Çetinarslan, Cem Ener, Yeliz Palaz & Gökçe Sönmez How does Strategic Staffing affect Innovation Performance of High-Tech Firms? Introduction The highly commoditised technology industry has made it possible for almost eve- ryone to have smart phones and tablets. But what differentiates Samsung and Apple from the others? “A new top-selling model every half-year” does not seem like a rocket-science target to achieve. Yet, which other companies have managed to have it? What differentiates Apple and Samsung is their constant drive for innovation. Just as everything else, “innovation” too has changed over time. As more and more firms shift towards “open innovation”, a paradigm assuming that firms can and should use external and internal ideas to advance their technology (Chesbrough, 2003), the measurement of firms’ innovation performance has become more im- portant than ever before. As outlined in previous studies, patents and the subsequent patents that cite them provide a useful way to measure innovation performance (Katila, 2000). If our goal is to measure innovation performance of a firm, we need to also keep in mind that there are people behind the firm, driving that innovation. In order to understand how to best bring together a group of people, form a team, and get the most amount of innovation out of them, we have to look further into the staffing strategies of the firm. In today’s global business environment, where human capital has become more important than financial capital (Peters, 1988), changing needs...

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