Friday, 12 May 2017

Newsflash! The Scottish Economy's Workplace Innovation Opportunity

The Opportunities of Workplace Innovation for the Scottish Economy 

A learning workshop from the Economic Development Association Scotland and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, 2pm - .4.30pm, 30 May 2017, SUII Centre, University of Strathclyde. 

The Head of Workplace Innovation at Scottish Enterprise is to deliver a talk on the opportunities of innovative workplace practices for organisations in Scotland.

The workplace is facing unprecedented change as we transition from industrialism to the digital revolution. New and diverse ways of how and where we work are being made possible by new technologies, at a time when quality of work and equity in the workplace are rising on the policy agenda.
Clare will talk about the development of initiatives to drive progressive and creative practices of workplace innovation in Scotland and the role of policy levers in embedding these. An expert in the growing field of "workplace innovation", Clare leads SE's Workplace Innovation support service - encouraging businesses to make the most of more diverse, engaged and talented workforces and fair and responsible business practices. 

In this unique learning and networking opportunity for economic development practitioners and public, private and third sector organisations, Clare will  be joined by speakers from the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Strathclyde Business SchoolOxfam Scotland, and case studies of workplace innovation in practice. Please see full information and speaker list below.

Workplace Innovation in Scotland

This learning workshop is delivered by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and the Economic Development Association Scotland. All those with an interest in economic development, the labour market, skills utilisation, human resources, or learning about how their organisation could benefit from innovative workplace practices are encouraged to attend.

Event Details

Tuesday 30 May, 2 - 4.30pm
SUII Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Refreshments provided
£25 + VAT EDAS Member / £50 + VAT Non-Members [Join to gain member rate]


This event explores the Scottish approach to workplace innovation - what the concept means; the potential benefits for organisations and employees; how workplace transformation can help achieve economic and social policy goals; and the policy levers available in Scotland to take advantage of the transition to the workplace of the 21st century.

According to a recent research project supported by SUII, collaborative workplace innovation can improve business/organisational outcomes, benefit individuals, and help improve competitiveness while tackling inequality. Such practices are of great interest at the international level and to the Scottish Government.

EDAS and SUII invite you to join expert speakers, practitioners and case study presenters to learn about how we can all support workplace innovation to the benefit of Scotland's economy and society. Don't miss out on this chance to learn about this important topic and network with members of the economic development community 

Confirmed Speakers

Charlie Woods, Director, SUII & Vice-Chair, EDAS
Introduction and Overview of Workplace Innovation.

Clare Alexander, Head of Workplace Innovation, Scottish Enterprise 
The Scottish policy approach, and opportunities and challenges of workplace innovation for business.

Dr Colin Lindsay, Reader in Human Resource Management, Strathclyde Business School
'What works' in workplace innovation: lessons from the SUII-supported programme Progressive and creative practice for workplace innovation.

Francis Stuart, Research and Policy Adviser, Oxfam Scotland 
Workforce and societal benefits of workplace innovation - findings emerging from the Oxfam - University of the West of Scotland - University of Warwick research project on Decent Work in Scotland.
Case study presentations to be announced shortly. 

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