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High‐involvement innovation practices at Finnish workplaces

Tuomo Alasoini (Workplace Development Programme TYKES, Finnish Ministry of Labour, Helsinki, Finland)
Asko Heikkilä (Workplace Development Programme TYKES, Finnish Ministry of Labour, Helsinki, Finland)
Elise Ramstad (Workplace Development Programme TYKES, Finnish Ministry of Labour, Helsinki, Finland)
Pekka Ylöstalo (Finnish Ministry of Labour, Helsinki, Finland)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to examine the dissemination of high‐involvement innovation practices at Finnish workplaces and to consider how their adoption can be promoted by means of a publicly‐funded R&D programme.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical material is based on a survey by the Finnish Workplace Development Programme TYKES. (TYKES is a governmental R&D programme for promoting simultaneous improvements in productivity and the quality of working life by granting funding to development projects at Finnish workplaces.)

Findings

The interim results of the survey provide a strong evidence‐based argument in favour of the supportive role of the programme.

Practical implications

The paper suggests areas where governments might introduce support programmes to foster the spread of innovative activity.

Originality/value

The paper provides insights into support policy issues in Finland and will be of interest to those involved in that field.

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Citation

Alasoini, T., Heikkilä, A., Ramstad, E. and Ylöstalo, P. (2008), "High‐involvement innovation practices at Finnish workplaces", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 449-459. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410400810893383

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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