Illéssy Miklós, Insitute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.
Csizmadia Péter, Insitute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.
In this paper the authors intend to examine the innovaton performance of the Hungarian frms before and following the period of the global fnancial crisis and economic downturn. Contrary to the mainstream approach non-technological innovaton, more precisely workplace innovaton is put into the focus of the analysis. The authors argue that this is a neglected dimension of frms’ innovaton actvites which may become an important source of compettveness at company level and thus it deserves more atenton. The analysis of empirical data of the various waves of the European Community Innovaton Survey (CIS) on non-technological innovaton shows that the innovaton performance of the Hungarian frms is declining. The authors complement this statstcal analysis with the results of the European Working Conditons Survey demonstratng that there are signifcant diﬀerences in the innovaton performance of such country groups as the EU-27, the Nordic and the Post-Socialist countries. Beside the country-specifc comparison, the authors evaluate the performance of the Hungarian and Slovakian knowledge-intensive business service sector identfed as a driver playing a “benchmark” role in speeding up workplace innovatons. Finally, some key lessons are drawn indicatng the need for a map on the distributon of diﬀerent work organizaton forms in order to beter understand the companies’ innovaton actvity and skill requirements.
Keywords: workplace innovaton, knowledge-intensive business sector, Hungary, Slovakia.