Workplace Innovation has received increasing attention in the economic policies and strategies of the EU and some national governments. While workplace innovation is an expansive concept of innovation broadly applicable across sectors, industries, firms and organisations, it is fundamentally about getting the best from an organisation’s key resources. Fostering a culture of workplace innovation requires, among other things, more progressive workplace practice driven by collaboration and dialogue. Collaborative Workplace Innovation can improve business/organisational outcomes, benefit individuals and help improve competitiveness while tackling inequality. Notwithstanding a growing literature, with few exceptions (e.g. Pot et al. 2016), workplace innovation remains poorly conceptualised, hindering implementation, evaluation and dissemination.

This programme built on the success of Innovating Works at SCER and Creating Cultures of Innovation at Glasgow School of Art, to bring together, disseminate and extend international evidence and practice on creating innovative private, public and third sector organisations. Scotland has much to give as well as much to learn from international experience of workplace innovation. This programme focussed on ‘what works’ in workplace innovation, where and why; how employers can learn from each other; how practitioners, policymakers and researchers can collaborate on workplace innovation and how policy levers can support workplace innovation.


To mark 10 years of SUII, we designed a series of posters and collaborated with Woods Noble Video to produce videos showcasing some programmes supported by SUII between 2012 and 2022. 

Visit our Insights page to find out more about the 10 Years of SUII.



Programme Team

Professor Patricia Findlay, Scottish Centre for Employment Research, University of Strathclyde
Madeline Smith, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art
Linda Murray, Scottish Enterprise
Harriet Hunter, Scottish Government
Kenneth Munro, W Munro Rehab Ltd
John Lupton, Scott and Fyffe
Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam, Glasgow School of Art
Jo Commander, Scottish Centre for Employment Research
Dr Colin Lindsay, Scottish Centre for Employment Research
Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers, Scottish Centre for Employment Research
Karen Cunningham, Scottish Centre for Employment Research

Final Report

Please contact the team for further information on the programme.