Third European Company Survey: Workplace innovation in European companies

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Oeij, P.; Žiauberyté-Jakštiené, R.; Dhondt, S.; Corral, A.; Totterdill, P.; Preenen, P.;
  • Publisher: Publication Office of the European Union

Workplace innovation (WPI) is a developed and implemented practice or combination of practices which enables employees to participate in organisational change and renewal and hence improve the quality of working life and organisational performance. This report looks at ... View more
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    18 Building on concepts such as 'dynamic capabilities' and 'absorptive capacity', Dutch researchers contend that technological innovation accounts much less for the success in radical innovation, whereas non-technological innovation - innovation in working smarter, flexible organisation and dynamic management - accounts for a much larger part of this success. In addition, the success of incremental innovation can be accounted for largely by non-technological next to technological innovation (Volberda and van den Bosch, 2004).

    19 Examples of cases of workplace innovation stemming from the Netherlands and other European countries can be found at http://www. A selection of 156 results is achieved using, for example, the keywords 'self-steering teams/cases', which are an indication of flow-structure production systems. The site of this knowledge database is being hosted by request of the European Workplace Innovation Network (EUWIN).

    20 Several other economic organisation studies back up the notion that organisational change combined with improved use of human talents is benecfiial to economic performance (Appelbaum et al, 2000, 2011; Black and Lynch, 2004; Kochan et al, 2009; Dhondt and van Hootegem, 2015).

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