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Social innovation, the new challenge for Europe

Frank Pot (Nijmegen School of Management, TNO and NCSI, Leiden, The Netherlands)
Fietje Vaas (Nijmegen School of Management, TNO and NCSI, Leiden, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 25 July 2008

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Originality/value

The paper helps one to understand how national governments act in relation to emerging work‐related welfare and development concepts.

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Citation

Pot, F. and Vaas, F. (2008), "Social innovation, the new challenge for Europe", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 468-473. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410400810893400

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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