Workplace Innovations: the Making of a Human-centred Industrial Culture

  • Francesco Garibaldo
Part of the Human-centred Systems book series (HCS)


Workplace innovations in the form of group-work, team-working, lifelong learning are part of broader social and cultural horizons for the making of a human-centred industrial culture. These innovations go further than the socio-technical working life innovations such as human factor oriented or user-centred approaches. They are societal in the sense that they affect, and are affected by, all societal levels of the industrial culture, micro (the workplace level), meso- (the contextual level, that is the local societal context), and macro- (that is the wide social level such as the country and /or the regional level) levels. At the micro-level, the predominant tendency is the integration of roles and functions. The mesolevel refers to the leading relationship between each organisation and its environment; it is a process of mutual adaptation. It is at the macro-level where public and collective policies succeed or fail in creating the public vision and the general knowledge for supporting both the processes of innovation and adaptation, i.e. the process of change at both micro- and meso-levels.


Trade Union Industrial Relation Social Partner Contextual Level Quality Circle 
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