Print Email Facebook Twitter Labour productivity and innovation performance: The importance of internal labour flexibility practices Title Labour productivity and innovation performance: The importance of internal labour flexibility practices Author Preenen, P.T.Y. Vergeer, R. Kraan, K.O. Dhondt, S. Publication year 2017 Abstract This article develops and examines the idea that internal labour flexibility practices are beneficial for labour productivity and innovation performance of companies. This is tested in two studies using unique company level datasets. In Study 1, results obtained from 377 independent companies revealed that internal labour flexibility practices are positively related to objective labour productivity and its growth in the year following, also when controlled for objective labour productivity and objective external labour flexibility from the year before. In Study 2, results obtained from 4271 companies indicated that internal labour flexibility practices were positively related to product innovation and labour productivity. Findings suggest that internal labour flexibility practices benefit both labour productivity and innovation performance of companies. If innovation and labour productivity are considered key to long-term survival, firms and policymakers should consider internal labour flexibility practices. Subject LifeSP - Sustainable Productivity and Employability WHC - Work, Health and CareELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesWork and EmploymentWorkplaceHealthy LivingInnovation performanceInternal labour flexibility practicesLabour flexibilityLabour productivityProduct innovation To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:a8a4cc68-db63-4055-996d-e21bd5741095 DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831x15572836 TNO identifier 523789 Source Economic and Industrial Democracy, 38 (2), 271-294 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.