Thursday 28 June 2018, 11:00-12:30, room: Belgium - interpretation: EN/FR

Do job quality and innovation go hand-in-hand? Or does innovation come at the cost of job quality? How can the two strengthen each other  in the workplace? And under what conditions and for which groups of workers? These questions are at the heart of QuInnE (Quality of jobs and Innovation generated Employment outcomes), a large Horizon 2020 research project that covers 7 countries, 8 sectors and 58 companies. In this session we will present the main outcomes of this research and illustrate them with sector and company cases. Also, we will discuss the implications for policy and how unions, employers and public policy makers can foster virtuous instead of vicious circles between innovation and job quality.

  • Karen Jaehrling, IAQ, University of Duisburg - PPP
  • Maarten Keune, AIAS-HSI, University of Amsterdam
  • Christopher Mathieu, Lund University

Moderator: Katja Lehto-Komulainen, European Trade Union Confederation

Further readings:

Karen Jaehrling (ed.) : Virtuous circles between innovations, job quality and employment in Europe? Case study evidence from the manufacturing sector, private and public service sector 

The employment and job quality effects of innovation in France, Germany and Spain: evidence from firm-level data

Innovation and job quality. An initial exploration.

Quality of work and innovative capacity: implications for social equality

Innovation and job quality regimes

Innovation and Job Quality Third European Company Survey