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Flexibility and competitiveness: labour market flexibility, innovation and organisational performance (FLEX-COM), EUR 21950

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00093


This publication contains the final report of the project "Flexibility and Competitiveness: Labour Market Flexibility, Innovation and Organisational Performance", whose work has primarily contributed to the area "Employment and changes in work".
The report contains information about the main scientific findings of this project and their policy implications. The research was carried out by 6 teams over a period of 2 years, starting in September 2001.
The main aim of the project was to see to what extent a flexible labour market in Europe contributes to long-term competitiveness, as well as to socially and economically sustainable development. An important element within this was to open a discussion on how exactly 'flexibility' should be defined and how it could be put into effect in different economic environments. This objective was broken down into three areas:
- Identifying different national behaviours, through studying countries with different structures, different legislation and different behaviour in the labour market;
- Identifying the links (or not) between flexibility and competitiveness;
- Interpreting flexibility and its role in a European context.

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