liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Learning and employee-driven innovation in the public sector – the interplay between employee engagement and organisational conditions
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Arbete och arbetsliv)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7046-8774
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre. (Arbete och arbetsliv)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2486-2663
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9287-1561
2023 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, E-ISSN 1758-7859, Vol. 35, no 9, p. 86-100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine learning and employee-driven innovation (EDI) in thepublic sector, with a particular focus on the interplay between employee engagement and organisationalconditions.

Design/methodology/approach – The material consists of qualitative interviews with 23 participantsfrom three municipal sites of innovation support that participated in a national programme aiming tostrengthen municipalities’ innovation work.

Findings – The study found numerous constraining organisational conditions resulting in consequentialloss of employee engagement for EDI. The conclusion drawn is that employee engagement and enablingorganisational conditions are central to EDI in public sector workplaces, and that incorporating EDI intomunicipal daily operations requires paying attention to the interplay between organisational conditions andemployee engagement.

Originality/value – This paper provides important guidance for supporting EDI in the public sector.Implementing EDI into operations requires employee engagement to be successful. However, employees’engagement should not be overlooked or taken for granted. A practical implication of this study is that EDI inthe workplace must be encouraged by creating a learning environment that supports innovative learning inthe workplace. In practice, measures should be taken to support employee engagement by creatingorganisational conditions that provide a more expansive learning environment to ensure the continuity andperpetuation of EDI in public sector organisations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023. Vol. 35, no 9, p. 86-100
Keywords [en]
Employee-driven innovation, Workplace learning, Learning environment, Public sector innovation
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-191764DOI: 10.1108/jwl-05-2022-0055ISI: 000929569700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85147562029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-191764DiVA, id: diva2:1736332
Available from: 2023-02-13 Created: 2023-02-13 Last updated: 2023-03-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Employee-driven innovation in the public sector: At the intersection of innovation support and workplace conditions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Employee-driven innovation in the public sector: At the intersection of innovation support and workplace conditions
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Medarbetardriven innovation i offentlig sektor : Mellan innovationsstöd och förutsättningar på arbetsplatsen
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis is to contribute knowledge about employee-driven innovation (EDI), with a particular focus on conditions in the workplace when innovation support is introduced in municipal contexts. The thesis is based on 23 qualitative interviews with managers, employees, and innovation coaches from three municipal sites in Sweden where innovation support has been implemented. The four included studies examine how innovation support is set up, what role first-line managers play, what drives employees to engage in EDI, and the outcomes of innovation work in the studied cases.

The thesis’ results show how innovation support was set up as parallel structures operating independently from regular municipal operations, which made it difficult for employees and managers to connect and integrate innovation work with everyday work. Furthermore, the results show how the studied municipalities did not define clear objectives for working with innovation, which in turn resulted in a multitude of inextricably linked negative effects for the innovation support operations, the managers, the employees, and the outcome of the innovation work. In addition, the study results demonstrate the importance of providing rich environments for learning and innovation in the workplace, to consider and support employee engagement in public sector innovation and to support the entire innovation process, including the implementation phase.   

The first conclusion drawn is that employee-driven innovation work happens at the intersection of innovation support and current workplace conditions. This implies that support measures need to be integrated into employees’ everyday work to create favourable conditions for EDI. The second conclusion is that it is imperative for municipal organisations intending to support EDI to define objectives for working with innovation and to anchor and communicate these objectives throughout the organisation. 

Abstract [sv]

Det övergripande syftet med denna avhandling är att bidra med kunskap om medarbetardriven innovation (EDI) med särskilt fokus på förutsättningarna för innovation på arbetsplatsen när innovationsstöd införs i kommunala sammanhang. Empirin baseras på 23 kvalitativa intervjuer med chefer, medarbetare och innovationscoacher från tre platser i Sverige där innovationsstöd har införts i den kommunala verksamheten.   

Resultaten visar att innovationsstödet sattes upp som en parallell struktur som verkade oberoende av den ordinarie kommunala verksamheten, vilket gjorde det svårt för medarbetare och chefer att integrera innovationsarbetet i det dagliga arbetet. Vidare visar resultaten att det saknades tydligt definierade mål för att arbeta med innovation. Detta resulterade i en mängd negativa effekter för innovationsstödsverksamheten, cheferna, medarbetarna och utfallet av innovationsarbetet på arbetsplatsnivå. Detta indikerar vikten av att tillhandahålla goda miljöer för lärande och innovation på arbetsplatsen, att beakta och stödja medarbetarnas engagemang i innovationsarbete och att stödja hela innovationsprocessen, inklusive implementeringsfasen.  

I avhandlingen dras två slutsatser. Den första slutsatsen är att medarbetardrivet innovationsarbete sker i skärningspunkten mellan tillhandahållet innovationsstöd och nuvarande arbetsplatsförhållanden. Detta innebär att stödåtgärder behöver integreras med medarbetarnas dagliga arbete för att skapa goda förutsättningar för EDI. Den andra slutsatsen är att för att stödja EDI är det av vikt att kommunala organisationer definierar mål för arbetet med innovation och att förankra och kommunicera dessa mål i hela organisationen.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2023. p. 112
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 852Linköping Studies in Behavioural Science, ISSN 1654-2029 ; 251
Keywords
Employee-driven innovation, Innovation support, Public sector innovation, Municipalities, Workplace conditions, Innovation capacity, Medarbetardriven innovation, Innovationsstöd, Innovation i offentlig sektor, Kommuner, Förutsättningar på arbetsplatsen, Innovationsförmåga
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-192569 (URN)10.3384/9789180750967 (DOI)9789180750950 (ISBN)9789180750967 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-05-05, TEMCAS, T-Building, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2023-03-22 Created: 2023-03-22 Last updated: 2023-11-10Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(215 kB)193 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT02.pdfFile size 215 kBChecksum SHA-512
a4e5be07f90a569d16684acdbe3db18b5fcb9061bc7dbf410ce509b4d4fab2546d5cee41cf79fa9bd63f664bd2a6cc1946d87ea44bf5b66a0612cc22cf9df403
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records

Lidman, LindaGustavsson, MariaFogelberg Eriksson, Anna

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Lidman, LindaGustavsson, MariaFogelberg Eriksson, Anna
By organisation
Education and SociologyFaculty of Arts and SciencesHELIX Competence Centre
In the same journal
Journal of Workplace Learning
Work Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 193 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 267 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf