Description of QuInnE

QuInnE investigates how job quality and innovation mutually impact each other at the organization level, and what employment outcomes result from this interaction. The interaction between job quality and innovation is investigated as potentially mutually supportive. Job quality is a multi-dimensional concept covering various aspects of work organisation and the terms and conditions of employment. Drawing on the Oslo Manual, both technical and non-technical innovation are investigated, with an emphasis on organisational innovation. Through quantitative analyses and qualitative organization-level case studies, the factors and also the mechanisms and processes by which job quality and innovation impact each other are identified. The effects of this interaction between job quality and innovation are then analyzed in terms of its employment outcomes and whether it creates more and better jobs. The employment outcomes are then tracked in terms of their impact on social inclusion and inequality.

Outcomes of QuInnE

QuInnE will produce three main outcomes:

  1.  new scientific understanding of the innovation-job quality-employment dynamic;
  2.  new diagnostic and developmental tools to monitor, measure and improve this dynamic at the firm and workplace level as well as approaches to analyzing this dynamic at the national level -  which directly feeds into the third outcome;
  3. evidence-based advice on developing policy to boost innovation and economic and employment growth in the EU, along  with an awareness of ensuing impacts on social inclusion and inequality.