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SOURCES OF IDEAS AND INFORMATION FOR INNOVATION
Innovation-active businesses were most likely to source their ideas and information for the development of innovation from within the business or related company (65%), followed by clients, customers or buyers (40%).
Businesses with 200 or more persons employed were nearly three times more likely to source their ideas and information for innovation from consultants (45%) than businesses with 0-4 persons employed (16%). More than one in four businesses with 0-4 and 5-19 persons employed reported sourcing their ideas and information for innovation from websites, journals, research papers, publications (both 28%), while 16% of businesses with 200 or more persons employed reported the use of this source.
Across all industries, the most frequently reported source of ideas or information for innovation was from within the business or related company. This ranged from 58% of businesses in the Construction industry to 81% of businesses in the Mining industry.
The use of universities or other higher education institutions, government agencies, private non-profit research institutions and commercial laboratories/research and development enterprises were among the lowest reported sources of ideas and information for innovation across most industries. The Health care and social assistance industry was an exception with 12% of businesses reporting sourcing ideas from government agencies.