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Social innovation, the new challenge for Europe

Social innovation, the new challenge for Europe Purpose This study sets out to describe activities within The Netherlands Centre for Social Innovation, one of the earliest national bodies to promote and develop the concept of social innovation.Designmethodologyapproach The paper describes the concept of social innovation and then illustrates how the activities of The Netherlands Centre relate to this concept, within the context of Dutch social and political systems.Findings It is found that individual and group performance is not directly the result of employee satisfaction or motivation, but of involvement and commitment through workers' representation and work organisation. These measures appear to be much more effective than courses in individual stress management, although there are circumstances in which such courses can help.Practical implications The paper describes how one country is attempting to take forward the concept of social innovation. It should be useful to other national development agencies.Originalityvalue The paper helps one to understand how national governments act in relation to emerging workrelated welfare and development concepts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management Emerald Publishing

Social innovation, the new challenge for Europe

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1741-0401
DOI
10.1108/17410400810893400
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Abstract

Purpose This study sets out to describe activities within The Netherlands Centre for Social Innovation, one of the earliest national bodies to promote and develop the concept of social innovation.Designmethodologyapproach The paper describes the concept of social innovation and then illustrates how the activities of The Netherlands Centre relate to this concept, within the context of Dutch social and political systems.Findings It is found that individual and group performance is not directly the result of employee satisfaction or motivation, but of involvement and commitment through workers' representation and work organisation. These measures appear to be much more effective than courses in individual stress management, although there are circumstances in which such courses can help.Practical implications The paper describes how one country is attempting to take forward the concept of social innovation. It should be useful to other national development agencies.Originalityvalue The paper helps one to understand how national governments act in relation to emerging workrelated welfare and development concepts.

Journal

International Journal of Productivity and Performance ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 25, 2008

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