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INNOVATION ACTIVITIES

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Definition:
Innovation activities are all scientific, technological, organisational, financial and commercial steps which actually, or are intended to, lead to the implementation of innovations. Some innovation activities are themselves innovative, others are not novel activities but are necessary for the implementation of innovations. Innovation activities also include R&D that is not directly related to the development of a specific innovation.

Context:
During a given period, a firm’s innovation activities may be of three kinds:

- Successful in having resulted in the implementation of a new innovation (though not necessarily commercially successful).

- Ongoing, work in progress, which has not yet resulted in the implementation of an innovation.

- Abandoned before the implementation of an innovation.

OECD, 2005, “The Measurement of Scientific and Technological Activities: Guidelines for Collecting and Interpreting Innovation Data: Oslo Manual, Third Edition” prepared by the Working Party of National Experts on Scientific and Technology Indicators, OECD, Paris, para. 42.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2005, “The Measurement of Scientific and Technological Activities: Guidelines for Collecting and Interpreting Innovation Data: Oslo Manual, Third Edition” prepared by the Working Party of National Experts on Scientific and Technology Indicators, OECD, Paris, para. 149.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics

Created on Friday, September 09, 2005