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Innovation is widely acknowledged as being key to economic growth and progress, particularly as innovation by business enterprises is vital in ensuring their future success and competitiveness in an increasingly competitive global market. With this in mind, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) was commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to undertake a national innovation survey based on international best practice.

Innovation surveys are designed to measure the extent of innovation in the business sector of a country and, among other measures, to estimate expenditure on various innovation activities. This report presents the main findings of the South African Innovation Survey 2005, covering the period 2002-2004, and carried out according to international methodology and a core questionnaire provided for the Fourth Round of the Community Innovation Survey (CIS4) for European Union countries, as provided by Eurostat. Detailed data tables analysing the breakdown of responses to the various questions in the survey are provided as an Appendix. Where available, comparisons are made with the results of the CIS4. This is the first time that it has been possible to objectively compare innovation survey data for South Africa with the results of similar surveys in developed countries.

This study will inform higher education planning, business policy and trade practice and provides policymakers and planners with essential and comparative data. Readers will find the results contained in this volume encouraging as they reveal just how innovative and competitive South African business enterprises appear to be.

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Pages : 200
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2240-3
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2240-3
Publish Year : 2009
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Tables and figures
Acknowledgements
Executive summary
Abbreviations and acronyms

1 BACKGROUND

2 INTRODUCTION

3 METHODOLOGY

4 RESULTS

  • Rate of innovation
  • The characteristics of enterprises covered by the survey
  • Types of innovations
  • Product (goods or services) innovation
  • Process innovation
  • Innovation activities and expenditures
  • Financial support for innovation activities
  • Sources of information and cooperation for innovation activities
  • Cooperation partners for innovation activities
  • Effects of innovation during the period 20022004
  • Factors hampering innovation activities during the period 20022004
  • Intellectual Property Rights

5 CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

6 APPENDICES
Appendix 1: Main tabular results of the South African Innovation Survey 20022004 (A Tables)
Appendix 2: Main tabular results of the South African Innovation Survey 20022004 (B Tables)
Appendix 3: Open letter from the European Commmission, Eurostat to non-EU member states
Appendix 4: The Fourth Community Innovation Survey (CIS4): Methodological recommendations and Core Questionnaire
Appendix 5: South African Innovation Survey 2005 Questionnaire
Appendix 6: South African Innovation Survey 2005: frequently asked questions (faq) booklet

REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL READING

William Blankley is a director in the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) in the Knowledge Systems cross-cutting unit of the HSRC. He holds an MSc with distinction from the University of Cape Town, and an MBA from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business. He is currently responsible for the South African Innovation Survey, is advisor for the South African R&D Survey and leads various other CeSTII projects.

Cheryl Moses is a researcher at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII), in the Knowledge Systems cross-cutting unit of the HSRC. She holds an MSc in medical biosciences from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

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