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How Europe's economies learn: a comparison of work organization and innovation mode for the EU-15

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Arundel, A and Lorenz, E and Lundvall, B and Valeyre, A (2007) How Europe's economies learn: a comparison of work organization and innovation mode for the EU-15. Industrial and Corporate Change, 16 (6). pp. 1175-1210. ISSN 0960-6491

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Abstract

This article explores the link between the organization of work and innovation
by developing national aggregate indicators for the EU member states of
organizational forms and innovation modes (how firms innovate). The organizational
indicators are constructed from the Third European Survey of Working
Conditions results for 8081 salaried employees in 2000. The innovation mode
indicators are calculated using the results of the third Community Innovation
Survey (CIS-3) for innovation activities between 1998 and 2000. The analysis
shows that in nations where work is organized to support high levels of discretion
in solving complex problems firms tend to be more active in terms of innovations
developed through their in-house creative efforts. In countries where learning and
problem solving on the job are more constrained, and little discretion is left to the
employee, firms tend to engage in a supplier-dominated innovation strategy. Their
technological renewal depends more on the absorption of innovations developed
elsewhere. These patterns remain when we divide the economies into manufacturing
and services.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Industrial and Corporate Change
Page Range: pp. 1175-1210
ISSN: 0960-6491
Identification Number - DOI: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/
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Copyright © 2012 Oxford University Press

Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 02:55
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2012 02:55
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