A Research Agenda for Workplace Innovation


A Research Agenda for Workplace Innovation

The Challenge of Disruptive Transitions

9781800881938 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter R.A. Oeij, TNO, the Netherlands, Steven Dhondt, TNO, the Netherlands and KU Leuven, Belgium and Adela J. McMurray, Flinders University, Australia
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 193 8 Extent: 326 pp
This cutting-edge Research Agenda takes a hard look at workplace innovation practices that are vital for dealing with the global disruptive changes we currently face. It unpacks the ways in which organisations can become more sustainable, not only for value creation and profitability but also for sustainable employability and employee skill development.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This cutting-edge Research Agenda takes a hard look at workplace innovation practices that are vital for dealing with the global disruptive changes we currently face. It unpacks the ways in which organisations can become more sustainable, not only for value creation and profitability but also for sustainable employability and employee skill development.

Exploring the ways in which workplace innovation provided necessary safeguards to deal with technological and environmental change, chapters provide a state-of-the art discussion of the topic in light of digital disruption and the Green Revolution. These areas of concern do not beg for one overall solution but for more resilient organisations in general. Bringing together the most renowned scholars in the field of workplace innovation from Europe, Australia and Asia, this Research Agenda looks at how we can learn to tackle these issues on an international level.

With invaluable insight into workplace innovation spanning companies and individuals, nations and regions this Research Agenda explores the results of workplace innovation practices in very different global contexts. It will be of great value to researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, consultants and students of workplaces, organisations, human behaviour and digital transitions.
Critical Acclaim
‘Digital disruption is widespread across our economies and societies. Bringing together an array of highly qualified contributors, this timely book contains important theory, research and analysis on this challenging phenomenon. It includes valuable guidance on how to engage with digital transformation through the mutually beneficial process of workplace innovation.’
– Peter Boxall, University of Auckland, New Zealand

‘The organization of work and the workplace is under stress. COVID-19 is one example but the longstanding pressure of technological change is another as are labor supply shocks flowing from demographics. How are organizations adapting? What constitutes best practice? What are the consequences of different strategies for the organization and for the workforce? These are urgent questions and via thoughtful comparative chapters A Research Agenda for Workplace Innovation provides answers. This is a timely and much needed contribution.’
– Paul Osterman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, US

‘An insightful and fascinating book that will reshape the way you approach innovation in this challenging and disruptive era of unprecedented digital transformation. This book will provide you with tools and strategies to successfully navigate workplace innovation transition and manage the impacts of technology to support and empower your future workforce…read this book and learn from the best!’
– Al Jawhari, Innovate Inn Pty Ltd, Australia

‘As the world moves to ever greater integration of technology with economic, social, and environmental issues, this work sets the scene for transitioning the workplace through technology adoption. This is a powerful and timely edition with logically organised parts and international cases. It will prove to be a valuable resource for managers and scholars alike.’
– Allan O’Connor, University of South Australia

‘This book is timely published when digital technologies are transforming work across the globe. It is an invaluable contribution to how inclusively to combine human labour and disruptive technologies by analyzing various country experiences of workplace innovation in the context of new technologies and COVID-19.’
– Kiu Sik Bae, formerly president of Korea Labour Institute, current standing member of Korean Economic, Social and Labour Council

‘As with every previous wave of change, the information revolution and the green transition are bound to transform both consumption and work patterns. This book takes a deep look at the workplace transformation and how to go about doing it well and studying it. Important, useful, and timely for academics, managers, and workers.’
– Carlota Perez, Author of Technological Revolutions and financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages; University College London, University of Sussex, UK and TalTech, Estonia
Contributors: Tuomo Alasoini, Michiel Bal, Alexandra A. Boeing, Arianna Costantini, Ezra Dessers, Steven Dhondt, Gerben Hulsegge, Adela J. McMurray, Mahmoud Moussa, Michael K. Muchiri, Mathew Nkhoma, Se Ri No, Peter R.A. Oeij, Kyetaik Oh, Sharon Kaye Parker, Hiep Cong Pham, Frank D. Pot, Monique Ramioul, Serena Rubini, Donald (Don) Scott, Ine Smits, Peter Totterdill, Wouter van der Torre, Geert Van Hootegem, Yennef Vereycken, Kentaro Watanabe, Claudio Zettel

Foreword xix
1 An Introduction to the Research Agenda for
Workplace Innovation 1
Steven Dhondt, Adela J. McMurray and Peter R.A. Oeij

2 Workplace innovation at the digital frontier 15
Steven Dhondt, Peter R.A. Oeij and Gerben Hulsegge
3 Analysing production disturbances for aligning
work organisation, human resource management,
and digital transformation 35
Ezra Dessers, Monique Ramioul, Yennef
Vereycken, Michiel Bal, Ine Smits and Geert Van Hootegem
4 Augmented telework with avatar technology:
impact on workplace and required actions 51
Kentaro Watanabe
5 The impact of technology on work: enabling
workplace innovation by technological and
organisational choice 67
Peter R.A. Oeij, Gerben Hulsegge and Wouter van der Torre
6 Workplace innovation in the digital era: a role for
SMART work design 91
Sharon Kaye Parker and Alexandra A. Boeing
7 How can the Korean workplace become
conducive to workplace innovation? Learning
from a case study of a manufacturing firm 113
Se Ri No and Kyetaik Oh
8 Examining workplace innovation as a driver for
innovation in the public sector: evidence from Australia 129
Mahmoud Moussa and Adela McMurray

9 The determination of a psychological workplace
innovation construct 147
Adela J. McMurray and Don Scott
10 Job crafting and work engagement among remote
workers in Italy: Lessons for workplace innovation 167
Arianna Costantini and Serena Rubini
11 Ethical leadership as workplace innovation and
enabler for employee commitment and innovative
work behaviours in Vietnam 183
Michael K. Muchiri, Hiep Cong Pham, Mathews
Nkhoma and Adela J. McMurray

12 A converging or diverging research field? 201
Peter R.A. Oeij, Steven Dhondt and Adela J. McMurray
13 Towards research-based policy and practice of
workplace innovation in Europe 255
Frank D. Pot, Tuomo Alasoini, Peter Totterdill and
Claudio Zettel
14 Developing a scientific and policy research
agenda for workplace innovation: an invitation for
conversation and collaboration 273
Peter R.A. Oeij, Steven Dhondt and Adela J.

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