Implementing Workplace Innovation Across Europe: Why, How and What?

  • Peter R. A. Oeij
  • Steven Dhondt
  • Rita Žiauberytė-Jakštienė
  • Antonio Corral
  • Paul Preenen
Part of the Aligning Perspectives on Health, Safety and Well-Being book series (AHSW)


This chapter discusses the implementation of workplace innovation (WPI) in European companies. Based on a 51-case study research in 10 EU Member States this chapter addresses four questions: (1) Why do companies apply workplace innovation; (2) What are different motives for management, employees and employee representatives to implement WPI; (3) What are important leverage factors for the implementation of WPI; and (4) What is known about the (expected) effects according to management, employees and employee representatives? Results show that successful WPI is an interplay of management-driven business goals and employee-driven quality of work goals. Companies differ in their implementing strategies but constructive cooperation between management and employees is a key success factor for successful WPI.


Workplace innovation Implementation European Union European Company Survey 



The authors and publisher gratefully acknowledge the following permission to use the material in this book: Peter Oeij, Steven Dhondt, Rita Žiauberytė-Jakštienė, Antonio Corral & Paul Preenen, Implementing workplace innovation across Europe: Why, how and what? In: European Work and Organizational Psychology in Practice. Special issue on Workplace Innovation, 2017, Volume 1, 46–60.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter R. A. Oeij
    • 1
  • Steven Dhondt
    • 2
    • 1
  • Rita Žiauberytė-Jakštienė
    • 1
  • Antonio Corral
    • 3
  • Paul Preenen
    • 4
  1. 1.TNO, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific ResearchLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.IKEI Research & ConsultancySan SebastiánSpain
  4. 4.Dutch Tax and Customs AdministrationUtrechtThe Netherlands

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