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Innovative Workplaces

Making Better Use of Skills within Organisations

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As human capital is the source of innovation, one of the policy principles of the OECD Innovation Strategy is to "foster innovative workplaces". Education and training systems must rise to the challenge of providing people with the means to learn and re-train throughout their life. Companies and organisations need to maximise the human resources they have at their disposal.

Do employers make the best use of people’s skills for innovation? Are some work organisations more associated with innovation than others? If so, are these organisations more widespread in some countries than in others? Are they associated with particular labour market policies, managerial practices, learning cultures or certain levels of education? What are the challenges for innovation within organisations?

This volume shows that interaction within organisations - as well as individual and organisational learning and training - are important for innovation. The analytical tools and empirical results this study provides show how some work organisations may foster innovation through the use of employee autonomy and discretion, supported by learning and training opportunities.

Innovative Workplaces will be of interest to policy makers in the fields of education, employment and innovation as well as business leaders, academics and all readers interested in social issues.

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Introduction

While innovation is widely recognised by OECD countries as an important engine of growth (OECD, 2010), the underlying approach to innovation has been changing, shifting away from models largely focused on R&D in knowledge-based globalised economies. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of how organisations build up resources for innovation has become a crucial challenge to finding new ways of supporting innovation in all areas of economic activity. In support of this widened approach to innovation analysis and policy, this report provides analytical tools and empirical results designed to open the black box of what is a learning organisation.

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