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The Organization of Work and Innovative Performance A comparison of the EU-15

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  • Anthony Arundel
  • Edward Lorenz
  • Bengt-Åke Lundvall
  • Antoin Valeyre

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It is widely recognised that while expenditures on research and development are important inputs to successful innovation, these are not the only inputs. Further, rather than viewing innovation as a linear process, recent work on innovation in business and economics literatures characterises it as a complex and interactive process involving multiple feedbacks. These considerations imply that relevant indicators for innovation need to do more than capture material inputs such as R&D expenditures and human capital inputs. The main contribution of this paper is to develop EU-wide aggregate measures that are used to explore at the level of national innovation systems the relation between innovation and the organisation of work. In order to construct these aggregate measures we make use of micro data from two European surveys: the third European survey of Working Conditions and the third Community Innovation Survey (CIS-3). Although our data can only show correlations rather than causality they support the view that how firms innovate is linked to the way work is organised to promote learning and problem-solving.

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Paper provided by DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies in its series DRUID Working Papers with number 06-14.

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  1. Santos, Miguel, 2012. "Novas Formas de Organização do Trabalho nas Micro e Pequenas Empresas
    [New Forms of Work Organization in Micro and Small Enterprises]
    ," MPRA Paper 35700, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Jones, Melanie K. & Latreille, Paul L. & Sloane, Peter J. & Staneva, Anita V., 2011. "Work-Related Health in Europe: Are Older Workers More at Risk?," IZA Discussion Papers 6044, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Edward Lorenz, 2011. "Regional Learning Dynamics and Systems of Education and Training: A European Comparison," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer, vol. 2(4), pages 481-506, December.
  4. Jones, Melanie K. & Latreille, Paul L. & Sloane, Peter J. & Staneva, Anita V., 2013. "Work-related health risks in Europe: Are older workers more vulnerable?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 88(C), pages 18-29.

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