As economies become more knowledge-intensive, competitive advantages rely increasingly on the creative capacity and high commitment of employers and employees, which depend strongly on the companies’ abilities to organise work and workplaces that make the best use of the collective competence of all its employees as a resource for innovation. Today there is ample evidence that organisational patterns and human resource management practices are important to create good conditions for the improvement of labour productivity and product quality, company flexibility and customer satisfaction, innovation capacity and competitiveness. Successful performance depends on many factors. IT applications are perhaps the most obvious, but also crucial are enlightened company strategies and new forms of work organisation. These include the promotion of health and skills with regard to the ageing of the workforce and equal opportunities for women and minority groups, and many more.
The aim of WORK-IN-NET is to set up sustainable communication and cooperation channels in Europe between the still fragmented national and regional research activities in the area of work-related innovation issues. The WORK-IN-NET Consortium exchanges and collects, analyses and spreads information on existing national and regional activities on work-related innovations, thus paving the way for joint, transnational initiatives as benchmark exercises, transfer seminars and a joint programme.
From 2004 to 2010 WORK-IN-NET was supported within the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission.