Action Research in Workplace Innovation and Regional Development

| Institute for Regional Cooperation, Wieren, Germany
| The Work Institute, Nottingham Trent University, UK
ISBN 9789027217851 (Eur) | EUR 85.00
ISBN 9781588114679 (USA) | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027295620 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
The past is an increasingly unreliable guide to the future.

European workplaces and the regions in which they are located face unprecedented pressures and challenges. Whereas in recent decades incremental adaptation has largely been sufficient to cope with external change, it is no longer clear that this remains the case. Globalisation, technological development and dissemination, political volatility, patterns of consumption, and employee expectations are occurring at a rate which is hard to measure. The rate of change in these spheres is far outstripping the rate of organisational innovation in both European enterprises and public governance, leading to a serious mismatch between the challenges of the 21st Century and the organisational competence available to deal with them.

In this context, there is no clear roadmap. The contributors to this volume address these issues and demonstrate that building the knowledge base required by actors in this volatile environment requires continuous dialogue and learning – a context in which social partners, regional policy makers and other participants share diverse knowledge and reflect on experience rather than seeking and imitating any notion of ‘best practice’. Action Research has a crucial role to play, embedding shared learning within the process of innovation.
[Dialogues on Work and Innovation, 15]  2004.  x, 356 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Werner Fricke and Peter Totterdill
I. Key themes
Participation and local organisation
Bjørn Gustavsen
Workplace innovation as regional development
Peter Totterdill and Jeremy Hague
II. Building coalitions
Participation and enterprise networks within a regional context: Examples from South-West Norway
Tor Claussen
Planning from without or developing from within? Collaboration across the frontiers of Health Care: Collaboration across the frontiers of Health Care
Marianne Ekman Philips, Beth Maina Ahlberg and Tony Huzzard
The development of the French technopoles and the growth of life sciences: The example of the Evry génopole
Christophe Heil and Guy Lacroix
III. Capacity building
The third task: A challenge for Swedish research and higher education
Göran Brulin
Linking workplace innovation and regional development: Towards new roles for the university sector
Annika Lantz and Peter Totterdill
Obstacles to organisational learning in Trade Unions: The case of the Dutch ‘industribution’ project
Maarten van Klaveren
Globalisation and regionalisation: Will networking help trade unions to shape change in traditional industrial regions?
Birgit Beese, Klaus Dörre and Bernd Röttger
Moving beyond rhetoric: Creativity, organisations and performance
Palle Banke, Jeremy Hague, Trine Land Hansen and Eva-Carina Norskov
IV. The policy framework
Regional workplace forums for the modernisation of work
Richard Ennals
Integrating workplace development policy and innovation policy: A challenging task: Experiences from and reflections on the Finnish Workplace Development Programme
Tatu Piirainen and Pasi Koski
The UK Work Organisation Network: A national coalition for working life and organisational competence
Richard Ennals, Peter Totterdill and Campbell Ford
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