Railway transport already plays a vital role in supporting Europe’s society, developing its economy, and protecting its environment. It has the potential to contribute much more, being the major driver in developing the strategic objective of smart green and sustainable growth.

At the same time the digital revolution is happening, thus transforming the way we move and produce. The railway manufacturers work now with “Industry 4.0” concept, which has drastically influenced the way of doing business. Mobile applications, e-ticketing, digital train control, signalling and traffic management, digital platforms for predictive maintenance are the key areas of digitalisation in the rail sector.

Railway sector requires permanent development of innovations to improve its competitiveness, and specifically the SMEs.

Innovation does not fail because of a technological failure or because the idea is bad. It fails because people make it difficult or avoid it, since they feel threatened by it or do not have an innovative mindset.

The idea may be good and perfect, but if the Innovation Process does not work, it will die. However, the idea could not be very good, but if it is implemented and marketed with the utmost commitment and passion, it can become a great innovation.

The fullest possible extent, simultaneously enhancing business performance, engagement and well-being companies is possible only with the implementation of the evidence-based organisational practices which allow employees at every level to use and develop their skills, knowledge, experience and creativity. These organisational practices form the core of workplace innovation.

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