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8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS >> Innovating Businesses

INNOVATING BUSINESSES

Businesses that introduced innovation (innovating businesses), by employment size(a), by type, 2011-12

0-4 persons
5-19 persons
20-199 persons
200 or more persons
Total
%
%
%
%
%

Businesses that introduced any new or significantly improved:(b)
goods or services
17.0
24.4
31.2
30.3
20.4
operational processes
14.7
22.8
36.9
45.0
19.1
organisational/managerial processes
16.4
31.5
40.8
47.0
23.0
marketing methods
15.4
26.3
29.7
38.1
19.9
Innovating businesses
33.4
51.2
63.6
69.2
41.3

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Businesses may be counted in more than one category.


The proportion of businesses that introduced at least one type of innovation increased with each successive employment size range. Businesses with 200 or more persons employed (69%) were more than twice as likely to be innovating than businesses with 0-4 persons employed (33%).

Overall, new organisational/managerial processes was the most commonly reported type of introduced innovation (23%). This was consistent for businesses across all employment size ranges except those with 0-4 persons employed, which were more likely to report they had introduced new goods or services (17%) than any other type of innovation.

For all employment sizes other than businesses with 0-4 persons employed, organisational/managerial processes were the type of innovation most likely to be introduced. In contrast, businesses with 0-4 persons employed were most likely to introduce new goods or services.

Diagram: Innovating businesses

For 2011-12, the Information media and telecommunications industry recorded the highest proportion of businesses that introduced at least one type of innovation (53%) followed by Retail trade and Wholesale trade (both 52%). The lowest proportion of introduced innovation was recorded by businesses in Transport, postal and warehousing (27%).

Retail trade had the highest proportion of businesses that recorded the introduction of new goods or services and marketing methods (34% and 32% respectively). Manufacturing recorded the highest proportion of businesses that introduced new operational processes (30%), while Rental, hiring and real estate services recorded the highest proportion of businesses that introduced new organisational/managerial processes (32%).

Agriculture, forestry and fishing recorded the lowest proportion of businesses that introduced new goods or services (5%) and marketing methods (8%). Transport, postal and warehousing services and Agriculture, forestry and fishing both recorded the lowest proportion of businesses that introduced new organisational/managerial processes, at 16%. Businesses in both Other services and Construction were least likely to report the introduction of new operational processes (13%).

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