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How Firm Managers Understand Innovation: Implications for the Design of Innovation Surveys


Arundel, A and O'Brien, K and Torugsa, N, How Firm Managers Understand Innovation: Implications for the Design of Innovation Surveys, Handbook of Innovation Indicators and Measurement, Edward Elgar Publishing, F Gault (ed), Cheltenham, UK, pp. 88-108. ISBN 9780857933645 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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In this chapter we provide the coded results of an open question on the respondent firmís most important innovation from a subject- based innovation survey in Australia. We first use the results to examine the importance of different types of innovations to the firm, and the relationship between creative effort and the firmís most important innovation. Second, we use the data to examine errors in the interpretation of the concept of innovation. The data do not provide information on differences across countries, but they do provide some clues as to how innovation can be interpreted differently across sectors and firm sizes. The results shed light on possible sources of respondent and measurement error that should help to improve innovation measurement, data quality, indicator development and related research and analysis.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:innovation survey, survey design
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:Arundel, A (Professor Anthony Arundel)
UTAS Author:O'Brien, K (Mr Kieran O'Brien)
UTAS Author:Torugsa, N (Dr Ann Torugsa)
ID Code:85591
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2013-07-22
Last Modified:2017-12-14
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