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Mainstreaming innovation in Europe- Findings on employee innovation and workplace learning from Belgium

Innovation mainstreaming refers to the inclusion of employees in the innovation process. This article asks how “mainstream” innovation is in Belgian firms. Innovation seems to be an elite driven process although workplace learning would be a strong lever for employee innovation. The EU is striving for an “Innovative Union”. Various case studies already hinted that

Geert Van Hootegem
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How do we learn in learning laboratories? In pursuit of the optimal learning arena

This article was originally published in Elm's predecessor media, LLinE. Steen Høyrup investigates learning labs as learning arenas supporting empowerment of employees and innovative learning. Labs facilitate transformational learning to a high degree, but cannot create all the learning conditions necessary to foster transformational learning. The present article investigates learning labs constructed and used as

Steen Høyrup Pedersen
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Closing the gap between evidence-based and common practice -Workplace innovation and public policy in Europe

The Lisbon strategy largely ignored the workplace. Europe 2020 risks doing the same. At the same time, the launching of a EU-wide Workplace Innovation Network is promising. This article approaches workplace innovation from a European policy viewpoint, documenting the current innovation policy environment member states have to build upon. The authors also draw lessons for

Michael Gold
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Positively deviant

Fischer, Merja. (2012). Linkages between employee and customer perceptions in business-to-business services – Towards positively deviant performances. Doctoral dissertation 7/2012. Aalto University. School of Science Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. Laboratory of Work Psychology and Leadership. Helsinki: Unigrafia. The dissertation under review studies how employees’ perceptions of their supervisors, workplace climate, internal quality and

Marja-Liisa Manka