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Revealing hidden innovation: patterns of external innovation investment in Australian businesses


O'Brien, K, Revealing hidden innovation: patterns of external innovation investment in Australian businesses, Technology Innovation Management Review, 6, (6) pp. 41-48. ISSN 1927-0321 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Recent theory and literature suggests that many businesses now innovate based on the adoption and modification of knowledge, technology, and innovations sourced externally rather than developed in-house. Yet, little is known about the value and economic impact of expenditures on outsourced innovation activities, which are often referred to as "hidden innovation" by many scholars. The issue is due largely to a lack of consistent measurement, available data, and analyses of expenditures on hidden innovation. In contrast, there is a long history of cross-country data collection on in-house research and development (R&D) activities and costs, and much research focuses on innovations involving in-house R&D effort. This study reviews results from a survey aimed at collecting new economy-wide data on external innovation investments in Australia. The results estimate total unmeasured or "hidden" investment in external innovation activities by Australian businesses at $3.5 to $4 billion in 2014, an amount large enough to stimulate important economic activity and warrant future research. This article discusses the implications of these results for policy, business strategy, and future research on innovation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:innovation, Australian Businesses
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:O'Brien, K (Mr Kieran O'Brien)
ID Code:109935
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2016-07-07
Last Modified:2017-11-27
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