Capabilities for Innovation: The Nordic Model and Employee Participation

  • Peter Nielsen Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • René Nesgaard Nielsen Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Simon Grandjean Bamberger Department of Occupational Health, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark
  • Jørgen Stamhus Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Kirsten Fonager Department of Social Medicine, Aalborg Sygehus, Denmark
  • Anelia Larsen Outpatient Unit, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Denmark
  • Anker Lund Vinding Department of Quality and Health, North Denmark Region, Denmark
  • Pia Ryom Department of Occupational Health, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark
  • Øyvind Omland Department of Occupational Health, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark
Keywords: Innovation & productivity, Organization & management

Abstract

Technological developments combined with increasing levels of competition related to the ongoing globalization imply that firms find themselves in dynamic, changing environments that call for dynamic capabilities. This challenges the internal human and organizational resources of firms in general and in particular their ability to develop firm-specific innovative capabilities through employee participation and creation of innovative workplaces. In this article, we argue that national institutional conditions can play an enhancing or hampering role in this. Especially the norms and values governing relations between employers and employees are expected to be of vital importance. This article will follow a resource-based perspective on developing dynamic capabilities in order to test the importance of enhancing human and organizational capabilities for innovation in firms. In particular, the article will focus on some of the important institutional conditions in Danish firms derived from the Nordic model, such as the formal and informal relations of cooperation between employers and employees in firms and their function in building capabilities for innovation. The foundation of the empirical analysis is a survey that collected information from 601 firms belonging to the private urban sector in Denmark. The survey was carried out in late 2010.

Author Biographies

Peter Nielsen, Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Denmark

Associate Professor. email: peter@dps.aau.dk

René Nesgaard Nielsen, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark
Associate Professor
Simon Grandjean Bamberger, Department of Occupational Health, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark
PhD Student
Jørgen Stamhus, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark
Associate Professor
Kirsten Fonager, Department of Social Medicine, Aalborg Sygehus, Denmark
Clinical Associate Professor
Anelia Larsen, Outpatient Unit, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Denmark
PhD
Anker Lund Vinding, Department of Quality and Health, North Denmark Region, Denmark
Chief Consultant
Pia Ryom, Department of Occupational Health, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark
Leading Psychologist
Øyvind Omland, Department of Occupational Health, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark
Associate Professor,
Published
2012-11-30
How to Cite
Nielsen, P., Nielsen, R., Bamberger, S., Stamhus, J., Fonager, K., Larsen, A., Vinding, A., Ryom, P., & Omland, Øyvind. (2012). Capabilities for Innovation: The Nordic Model and Employee Participation. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 2(4), pp. 85-115. https://doi.org/10.19154/njwls.v2i4.2306