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

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Workplace innovation Implementation European Union European Company Survey 

Notes

Acknowledgements

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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