Workplace Innovation in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises in Scotland

Findlay, P., Chalmers, D., Lindsay, C., MacBryde, J., Matthews, R., Pascoe-Deslauriers, R., and Wilson, J. (2015) "Innovating Works… improving work & workplaces: workplace innovation in small to medium sized enterprises in Scotland", University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

This report draws lessons from international and national research and practice to define Workplace Innovation and showcase examples from Scottish Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) from the Innovating Works… pilot study. It identifies lessons and challenges in Workplace Innovation and provides an overview of Workplace Innovation in practice in a selection of the SMEs case study companies, including: AgriCo.*, Glenammer Engineering Ltd., GMG Contractors Ltd., MAKLab, Greenhill, Swipii, Romanes Pharmacy, HealthCo. and William Purves Funeral Directors Ltd.

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Harnessing knowledge, research and networks to drive fair, innovative and transformative work in Scotland

Findlay, P., Lindsay, C., McQuarrie, J., Pascoe-Deslauriers, R., with Findlay, J., Smart, A. and Chalmers, D. (2016) "Harnessing knowledge, research and networks to drive fair, innovative and transformative work in Scotland - Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) Project Year 1 Report: Parts 1 and 2", University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

This document reports on Years 1 of the FITwork project. Part 1 reviews the policy and economic context and evidence base for our work, describes how we have operationalised FITwork through a conceptual framework and diagnostic tool, and highlights potential benefits for employees, employers and the broader policy agenda around inclusive growth. In Part 2, we examine how issues related to fair work, workplace innovation and innovation policy have been presented and debated by policymakers and stakeholder organisations, including employer representative organisations, civil society organisations and trade unions, over the last decade. Our main focus is on current stakeholder views on the broader FITwork terrain, and to the challenges facing stakeholders, particularly in relation to the challenges of building collaborative activity that might support and deepen FITwork.

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Exploring the evidence: Opportunities for fair, innovative and transformative work in Scotland

The FITwork Project: Research Briefings 1 and 2 offer evidence and learning from Year 1 of the project: Harnessing Knowledge, Research and Networks to Drive Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) in Scotland.

In this briefing, we outline some of the evidence and thinking that has informed the policy and research agenda around fair, innovative and transformative work, highlighting the scope to generate transformative outcomes for individuals, employers and Scottish society. Building on this, we also present the FITwork Tool as a means of exploring workplace practice.

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Networks and collaboration: Driving fair, innovative and transformative work in Scotland

The FITwork Project: Research Briefings 1 and 2 offer evidence and learning from Year 1 of the project: Harnessing Knowledge, Research and Networks to Drive Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work (FITwork) in Scotland.

In Briefing 1, we outlined the evidence suggesting that fair work and workplace innovation can generate transformative outcomes for individuals, businesses and other employers and for Scotland, and presented the FITwork Tool as a means of exploring workplace practice.

This briefing examines how researchers, policy makers, employers, trade unions, civil society organisations and other stakeholders in Scotland have engaged with debates on fair work and workplace innovation (for brevity, FITwork) over the last decade, and considers the challenges – and opportunities – of building collaborative activity and networks that can further support and deepen FITwork.

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