Chapter 10: Developing harmonized measures of the dynamics of organizations and work
This chapter presents an overview of a set of guidelines for collecting and interpreting harmonized information on organizations and on processes of organizational change and innovation. The guidelines are the result of an EU Coordination Action Project, MEADOW (Measuring the Dynamics of Organisations and Work), which involved 14 teams covering nine European countries.1 The guidelines have been designed to provide a framework within which existing European surveys could evolve towards comparability, as well as providing norms for the construction of new survey instruments in the field (MEADOW Consortium 2010). The starting point of the project was that reliable harmonized statistics on organizations and organizational change could make a significant contribution both to research and to policy initiatives at the EU and national levels. There are a number of reasons why a deeper understanding of organizations and processes of organizational change is of research and policy relevance. First, as the discussion in the third edition of the Oslo Manual (OECD/Eurostat 2005) points out (Chapter 2 in this volume), the full range of changes that affect firm performance and the accumulation of knowledge requires a broader framework than technological product and process innovation and in particular should include organizational changes and innovations.
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