WP 6: Innovation LLL


January 2012 –

October 2014

Lead Partner:

Wageningen University


Lead Researcher:

Thomas Lans

Researchers involved:

Harm Biemans, Yvette Baggen


How does Lifelong Learning interact with and promote innovativeness on the enterprise level?


  • via the link of employee-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. This will be done by an in-depth investigation of 25 companies
  • in one particularly successful European industry - consumer foods - which is experiencing high rates of innovativeness
  • facing strong global competitive pressure


Studying these relations into more detail provides insight into how learning processes on different levels can be better exploited for innovation inputs (e.g. opportunity identification competence) and innovation outputs (e.g. new products). Concretely, this research attempts to produce a decision tree analysis model which can be used by policy makers and business strategists to support decisions about the level of learning to promote or invest in learning investment in and to which degree, by accounting for the networkedness of innovation returns.

Methods applied

To address the objectives listed above and provide answers to the key question, this Work Package primarily applies the following methods:


Step 1: The participants will be presented a societal issue related to sustainable development and are asked to come up with as many ideas as they can about how your company can deal with this issue.


Step 2: In a group, the participants discuss and rank the self-generated ideas (with the idea with the highest potential for success at the top). Also, the group develops a business case based on the Business Model Canvas.


Step 3: All participants involved in step 1 and 2 fill in a questionnaire how they experience the learning possibilities in their organization.

Interim results

Since the research related to this Work Package is still ongoing, it is not possible to have any results at this point. Results will follow as soon as possible.