The Employee-Driven Innovation Lab
Fresh Thinking Labs and the Danish Technological Institute are delighted to launch the Employee-Driven Innovation Lab in association with Leo Pharma, SAAB Aerospace, MBDA and other leading companies keen to share their experiences of engaging employees at all levels in innovation and improvement.
The Employee-Driven Innovation Lab is a closed network of companies committed to exploring leading edge practice and identifying practical, evidence-based solutions. Here is our exciting programme for 2017-18:
|An evening introduction and orientation to the programme. The focus will be on creating and using spaces in which employees can think differently and generate new ideas for products, services and processes.
|13th – 14th
|Employee-Driven Innovation Workshop hosted jointly by the HELIX Institute at the University of Linköping and the nearby SAAB Aerospace plant. This two-day event will bring together some very innovative companies and leading Scandinavian researchers to explore theory and practice relating to employee-driven innovation. Linköping is easily accessible by train from Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.
|16th - 17th
|Building Innovation Competence – a ‘critical friend’ visit hosted by MBDA in Stevenage, near London. MBDA is an advanced manufacturing company that has made long-term investments in the development of innovation competencies and creativity amongst a wide cross-section of its workforce.
|Fresh Thinking in Innovation – hosted by the Danish Technological Institute in Copenhagen, and bringing together experiences from several companies from Denmark and other European countries.
Joining the Employee-Driven Innovation Lab gives you automatic membership of Fresh Thinking Labs, the International Open Source Movement for Workplace Innovation. Membership provides you with access to a growing international community of enterprises including an online forum, access to unique learning resources, events and personalised introductions to other members based on shared interests and experience.
You can join using the form below or request further information.
Enables the sharing of good practice and ideas between workplaces.
Builds active relationships with your peers in other organisations.
Creates a forum for collaborative innovation and problem solving.
Bridges the gap between research and practice.
Draws on experience from our network of leading companies from across Europe.
Develops practical tools and resources for workplace change.
Provides access to expert guidance.
The Labs will be facilitated by:
Dr Peter Totterdill, a Director of Workplace Innovation Europe CLG. Peter is an international expert, consultant, policy advisor and passionate advocate for workplace innovation. He is also Visiting Professor at universities in the UK and Lithuania.
Signe Skov-Hansen, Senior Consultant at the Danish Technological Institute. She works internationally to support the digital transformation of companies and organisations through the use of open innovation forms, including employee-driven innovation, digitally supported stakeholder management, crowdsourcing, social and community-based innovation.
About Employee-Driven Innovation
How do you create an inclusive culture of innovation?
Leading thinking and practice no longer sees innovation as the principal prerogative of entrepreneurs or people in white coats; rather it is becoming part of the day-to-day work of employees at all levels of the company. Competitive companies need all their people to come to work to do two things: to accomplish their functional tasks in the best possible way and to improve the business. For such companies, “improving the business” can mean anything from empowering frontline workers to instigate incremental improvements in productivity or quality, to involving a whole diagonal slice of employees in groundbreaking innovation by bringing together the conceptual and strategic knowledge of technicians and managers with the tacit knowledge and practical experience of those in assembly teams or frontline staff.
Systematic opportunities for shared learning and reflection are well embedded in these workplaces. This is reflected in times and spaces where people at work can discuss ideas with co-workers or in team meetings. It can be as simple as establishing regular forums that enable people at all levels of an organisation to leave job titles and hierarchies behind, and to explore new ideas through open and free-thinking discussion.
A growing number of organisations provide employees with regular opportunities to join cross-functional improvement teams to identify and drive forward product or process changes that would otherwise be lost under the pressure of day-to-day workloads. Time-out sessions, ‘down-tools weeks’ and hackathons, bringing people together who otherwise wouldn’t meet, can become fountains of constructive dialogue, creativity and innovation.
For an increasing number of organisations it means creating dedicated innovation labs that bring diverse combinations of people together, thinking in different ways, sharing technical knowledge and insights, creating new products or services and reinventing work processes.
In this programme we will explore how a culture of innovation also means looking at the organisation as a whole, empowering workers at every level to use and develop their full range of knowledge, skills, experience and creativity in their day-to-day work. Workplace practices throughout the organisation must be aligned with high involvement innovation as a corporate value: designing jobs in ways that empower and enable people to think critically, to experiment and to learn; building teams that act as fountains of innovation; redefining metrics and incentives in ways that encourage collaboration and innovation; challenging organisational ‘walls and ceilings’, creating regular spaces and opportunities for creativity, ‘fast failure’ and employee-driven innovation; and establishing patterns of shared and distributed leadership that allow everyone’s creativity and innovative potential to flourish. Finally we will focus on practical approaches to enabling culture change, including tools and resources to support action planning and implementation.Download this as a PDF Flyer