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Diffusion is the way in which innovations spread, through market or non market channels, from their very first implementation to different consumers, countries, regions, sectors, markets and firms. Without diffusion, an innovation has no economic impact. The minimum requirement for a change in a firm’s products or functions to be considered an innovation is that it is new (or significantly improved) to the firm.

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. 37.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics

Created on Friday, September 9, 2005

Last updated on Friday, September 9, 2005