Blue‐collar workers, career success and innovation in manufacturing

Valentina Cillo, Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Manlio Del Giudice, Francesca Vicentini

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of the relationship between employees’ knowledge and organisational performance.

Design/methodology/approach
Using a structural equation model, feedback received from 237 blue-collar workers from multinational high-tech manufacturing enterprises in Italy was studied to understand, from a dynamic capabilities perspective, the role of soft skills in the career success of production workers.

Findings
The results of the analysis indicate a positive relationship between workers’ commitment to develop their soft skills and their career success, as well as a positive relationship between an organisation’s approach to both knowledge exploration and knowledge exploitation and the prospects for career success of blue-collar workers.

Research limitations/implications
The research has both theoretical and practical implications, as any efforts by researchers and practitioners to find effective ways to motivate the workforce will be likely to lead to a positive attitude towards learning and, ultimately, to improved business performance.

Originality/value
The originality of the paper is the focus on the personality and interpersonal attributes of workforce – blue-collar workers – and how they can affect business performance in highly innovative contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalCareer Development International
Volume(In-press)
Early online date5 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Oct 2019

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innovation
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performance
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personality
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employee
Career success
Innovation
Blue-collar workers
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Keywords

  • career development
  • organisational performance
  • Knowledge Management
  • structural equation modelling

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Blue‐collar workers, career success and innovation in manufacturing. / Cillo, Valentina; Garcia-Perez, Alexeis; Del Giudice, Manlio ; Vicentini, Francesca.

In: Career Development International, Vol. (In-press), 05.10.2019, p. (In-press).

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Cillo, Valentina ; Garcia-Perez, Alexeis ; Del Giudice, Manlio ; Vicentini, Francesca. / Blue‐collar workers, career success and innovation in manufacturing. In: Career Development International. 2019 ; Vol. (In-press). pp. (In-press).
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