8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2007-08 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/06/2009
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Overall, the proportion of businesses with at least one type of introduced innovation increased for each successive employment size range, and in all but one instance, this pattern holds for each type of introduced innovation across each employment size range.
For the two smaller employment size ranges (0-4 and 5-19), new goods or services were the most frequently reported type of innovation introduced, at 18% and 28% respectively. A higher proportion of businesses in the two larger employment size ranges (20-199 and 200 or more) reported introducing new organisational/managerial methods, than any other type of innovation (38% and 46% respectively). New marketing methods were the least reported type of innovation introduced across each employment size range, and was the only type of innovation were businesses employing 200 or more persons did not report the highest proportion (businesses employing 20-199 persons were highest).
Wholesale trade and Retail trade industries recorded the highest proportion of innovating businesses (both 51%), followed by Manufacturing at 46%. The lowest proportion was reported by businesses within the Construction industry (27%), slightly below Health care and social assistance and Transport, postal and warehousing, at 30% and 31% respectively.
Businesses within Wholesale trade also reported the highest proportion of businesses introducing new goods or services (34%) and marketing methods (25%). Manufacturing recorded the highest proportion of businesses with new operational processes (29%), followed by Electricity, gas, water and waste services (27%). Businesses within the Professional, scientific and technical services, Mining (both at 26%) and Financial and insurance services (25%) industries reported the highest proportions of businesses introducing new organisational/managerial processes.
Mining (11%) had the lowest proportion of businesses which reported introducing new goods or services, while Arts and recreational services reported the lowest proportion for new operational processes, at 10%. The Mining industry also reported the lowest proportion of businesses with new marketing methods introduced, along with Transport, postal and warehousing and Construction, all at 7%. The lowest proportion of businesses that introduced new organisational/managerial processes were in the Construction and Transport, postal and warehousing industries (both 14%).