Innovative changes in European companies

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Updated
26 June 2017
Published
22 June 2017
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Abstract

Innovation is an important driver of improved competitiveness, productivity and growth potential. This report explores which workplace practices have the strongest links to innovative company behaviour, looking at innovation in the form of new or significantly changed products or processes, new or improved marketing methods, and organisational change. It also explores links between innovation and company performance and workplace well-being, and examines the role of social dialogue in enhancing performance, well-being and innovation. The use of monitoring instruments for internal quality and external developments turned out to be among the strongest determinants of overall innovation; the degree of workers’ autonomy was another important factor. The probability of innovation is boosted when strong work organisation structures are combined with direct employee participation – for instance, involvement in solving problems or improving the quality of production. An executive summary is available - see Related content.
 

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    96
    Reference No: 
    EF1707
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1578-2
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-04-17-363-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/536983
    Catalogue info

    Innovative changes in European companies

    Innovation is an important driver of improved competitiveness, productivity and growth potential. This report explores which workplace practices have the strongest links to innovative company behaviour, looking at innovation in the form of new or significantly changed products or processes, new or improved marketing methods, and organisational change.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF17071
    Catalogue info

    Innovative changes in European companies - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Innovation in its various forms is considered an important driver of improved competitiveness, productivity and the growth potential of companies. By innovating both in their products and in workplace practices and processes, European workplaces may have a better chance to compete internationally. This report critically reflects on common concepts of innovation and explores the links between innovation, practices, performance and workplace well-being across the EU28. In particular, it examines associations between innovative company behaviour and the implementation of bundles of workplace practices. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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