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Mainstreaming Innovation in Europe- Findings on Employee Innovation and Workplace Learning from Belgium


Stan De Spiegelaere


KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Guy Van Gyes


KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Geert Van Hootegem


KU Leuven - Department of Sociology

December 1, 2012

Lifelong Learning in Europe (LLinE), Vol. 17, No. 4, 2012

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The EU is striving for an ‘Innovative Union’. Various case studies already hinted that the involvement of various types of employees is crucial for the organizational innovativeness. Using data from a large scale Belgian employee level survey in five industries, this article focuses on the question how ‘mainstream’ innovation is in Belgian firms and how this coincides with forms of workplace learning. Innovation mainstreaming here refers to the inclusion of various occupational groups in the innovation process. Findings suggest that innovation in most sectors, is an ‘elite driven’ process with only a limited involvement of lower level employees. Moreover, genuine employee-driven innovations are a rarity. Nevertheless, the research also finds that workplace learning (job training and in-work learning opportunities) are potentially strong levers for employee innovation for all types of employees. Specifically providing in-work learning opportunities to technical workers could make innovation more mainstream in Europe.

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Keywords: employee driven innovation, innovation mainstreaming, innovative work behaviour, workplace learning

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Date posted: December 24, 2012  

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De Spiegelaere, Stan and Van Gyes, Guy and Hootegem, Geert Van, Mainstreaming Innovation in Europe- Findings on Employee Innovation and Workplace Learning from Belgium (December 1, 2012). Lifelong Learning in Europe (LLinE), Vol. 17, No. 4, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2193470

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Stan De Spiegelaere (Contact Author)
KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society ( email )
Parkstraat 47
Leuven, BE3000
Belgium
Guy Van Gyes
KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society ( email )
Parkstraat 47
Leuven, BE3000
Belgium
Geert Van Hootegem
KU Leuven - Department of Sociology ( email )
Belgium
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