Employee-Driven Innovation : A New Approach

Employeuse Innovation develops research within the fields of learning, innovation and employee at work.

It is this unique focus on employees in relation to innovation and learning and vice versa, which distinguishes this anthology from many other conceptualizations of and approaches to innovation. It offers a unique perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of the processes of innovation that emerge in everyday working life, emphasizing an often overlooked driver of innovation, namely the employees and how they engage in various collaborative forms of innovation. It also stresses the link between learning, innovation and employees, in its exploration of practice-based forms of innovation in contempory organizations.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (July 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0230278620
ISBN-13: 978-0230278622



Edited by

  • Steen Høyrup is Associate Professor in Education and Director of the research programme ’Organization and Learning’ at the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is engaged in the management of the EDI-network: The European network of Employee-Driven Innovation and Workplace Learning.
  • Maria Bonnafous-Boucher is Professor and Dean of Research at Novancia, Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business School, France.
  • Cathrine Hass is Professor at the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • Maja Lotz is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
  • Kirsten Møller is Project Manager at the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark.




Part I: The Nature of Employee-Driven Innovation

  • Employee-driven Innovation: A New Phenomenon, Concept and Mode of Innovation
  • Employee-driven Innovation: Operating in a Chiaroscuro
    A.Teglborg, R.Redien-Collot, C.Viala and M.Bonnafous-Boucher
  • In Search of Best Practices for Employee-driven Innovation: Experiences from Norwegian Work Life
    T.M.Aasen, O.Amundsen, L.J.Gressgård and K.Hansen

Part II: Employee-Driven Innovation in the Workplace Mediated through Employees’ Learning

  • Creating Work: Employee-driven Innovation Through Work Practice Reconstruction
    O.M.Price, D.Boud and H.Scheeres
  • Explaining Innovation at Work: A Sociopersonal Account
  • Innovation Competency – an Essential Organizational Asset
  • Employee-driven Innovation and Practice-based Learning in Organizational Cultures
    C.Hasse and U.Brandi
  • Employee-driven Innovation Amongst ’Routine’ Employees in the UK: The Role of Organizational ’Strategies’ and Individual ’Tactics’
    E.Waite, K.Evans and N.Kersh

Part III: Employee-Driven Innovation Unfolded in Global Networks and Complex systems

  • Moving Organizations toward Employee Driven Innovation (EDI) in Work Practices and on a Global Scale: Possibilities and Challenges
    M.Lotz and P.H.Kristensen
  • Exploring the Employee-driven Innovation Concept by Comparing ’Innovation Capability Management’ among German and Chinese Firms
    W.Fees and A.H.Taherizadeh
  • Privileged yet Restricted?: Employee-driven Innovation and Learning in Three R&D Communities
    T.Lempiälä and S.Yli-Kauhaluoma
  • Employee Driven Innovation and Industrial Relations
    S.De Spiegelaere and G.Van Gyes