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A New Model for Workplace Development in Finland. Rethinking Employee Participation and the Quality of Working Life in the Context of Broad-based Innovation Policy

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  • Alasoini, Tuomo

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This article considers possibilities and challenges included in the attachment of workplace development as a part of innovation policy. The example used here is Finland, which has carried out a determined innovation policy for a long time and where the government and labour market organisations have invested a great deal in programme-based development of working life as well in recent years. The article strives to make visible what kinds of values and principles have guided Finnish programmes to develop working life in the past few years, and what kinds of pressures the attachment of workplace development as a part of new kind of innovation policy can generate towards these values and principles. Special attention is paid to two questions. The first one involves employee participation in development at workplaces. The second question is the weighting of objectives concerning the quality of working life in development, alongside targets relating to corporate productivity and competitiveness.

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  • Alasoini, Tuomo, 2012. "A New Model for Workplace Development in Finland. Rethinking Employee Participation and the Quality of Working Life in the Context of Broad-based Innovation Policy," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 8(3), pages 245-265.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2012_03_alasoini
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    1. Anna S. Gogoleva & Pavel S. Sorokin & Azer G. Efendiev, 2014. "Quality Of Work Life As Methodological Framework In Organizational Studies: State Of The Art And Perspectives For The Future Research," HSE Working papers WP BRP 23/MAN/2014, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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    Keywords

    employee participation; innovation policy; management; quality of working life; well-being at work; workplace development;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management

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