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8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> INNOVATION IN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS >> Abandoned Innovative Activity

ABANDONED INNOVATIVE ACTIVITY

Abandoned innovative activity, by employment size(a), by type, 2008 - 09

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

Businesses which abandoned the development or introduction of any new or significantly improved:
goods or services
2.7
3.5
4.1
5.0
3.1
operational processes
1.7
2.6
2.1
4.2
2.0
organisational/managerial processes
1.7
2.7
1.8
2.7
2.0
marketing methods
3.1
2.9
3.9
2.4
3.1
Businesses with any abandoned innovative activity
5.8
7.5
7.7
7.8
6.5

(a) Proportions are of all businesses in each employment size category.


The proportion of businesses that reported the abandonment of at least one type of innovative activity was 6%. With the exception of businesses with 0-4 persons employed (6%), all other employment size ranges recorded abandoned innovative activity at 8%.

New goods or services and new marketing methods were the most commonly reported types of abandoned innovative activity as at 30 June 2009 (both 3%). This was followed by new operational processes and new organisational/managerial processes (both 2%).

Proportion of businesses with abandoned innovation, by industry, 2008-09
Graph: Proportion of businesses with abandoned innovation, by industry, 2008-09


At industry level, the highest proportion of abandoned innovative activity was reported by businesses in Manufacturing (11%), while the lowest was by businesses in Mining, Electricity, gas, water and waste services and Administrative and support services (all 4%).

The highest proportion of businesses reporting abandoned innovative activity related to the development of new goods and services and new organisational/managerial methods (6% and 4% respectively) were from the Manufacturing industry. Businesses in Financial and insurance services were the most likely to report having abandoned new marketing methods and new operational processes (6% and 4% respectively).


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