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8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS >> Innovating Businesses

INNOVATING BUSINESSES

Businesses which introduced innovation (innovating businesses), by employment size(a)(b), by type, 2009—10

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

Businesses which introduced any new or significantly improved:(c)
goods or services
16.5
24.5
25.1
38.7
19.8
operational processes
11.6
24.0
28.1
40.2
16.9
organisational/managerial processes
13.8
28.9
39.1
48.7
20.7
marketing methods
12.6
22.5
24.6
26.8
16.7
Innovating businesses
30.5
49.2
56.6
69.7
38.6

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each output category.
(b) Includes businesses in Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry division.
(c) Businesses may be counted in more than one category.


Overall, the proportion of businesses with at least one type of introduced innovation increased with each successive employment size range. This pattern also holds for each type of introduced innovation across each employment size range.

By employment size, new organisational/managerial processes was the most commonly introduced type of innovation for businesses with 200 or more persons employed (49%), 20-199 persons employed (39%) and 5-19 persons employed (29%). New goods or services was the most commonly introduced type of innovation (16%) for businesses with 0-4 persons employed.

New organisational/managerial processes was the most reported type of innovation introduced (21%). The least reported were operational processes and marketing methods, (both 17%).

Proportion of innovating businesses, by industry, 2009-10
Graph: Proportion of innovating businesses, by industry, 2009-10


Arts and recreation services recorded the highest proportion of innovating businesses in 2009-10, at 52%, closely followed by Wholesale trade, at 50%. The lowest proportion of introduced innovation was recorded by businesses within the Transport, postal and warehousing industry (21%).

The Wholesale trade industry recorded the highest proportion of businesses that introduced new goods or services (36%). Manufacturing had the highest proportion of businesses with new operational processes (29%). Arts and recreation recorded the highest proportion of businesses introducing new organisational/managerial processes (28%). Accommodation and food services had the highest proportion of businesses with new marketing methods at 26%.

Transport, postal and warehousing had the lowest proportion of businesses which reported the introduction of new goods or services (7%), closely followed by businesses in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry (8%). The industries which recorded the lowest proportions for the introduction of operational processes were Other services (8%) and Transport, postal and warehousing (9%). Transport, postal and warehousing also had the lowest proportion of businesses which reported the introduction of organisational/managerial processes (13%) and the lowest proportion of businesses introducing new marketing methods (8%).





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