2012 Survey Findings: The State of Firm-Level Innovation in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 44 pages, July 16, 2013
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By analyzing the current state of Canadian firm-level business innovation, this report provides a better understanding of the business strategies, innovations, and challenges for identifying ways to enhance Canadian innovation performance.

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2012 Survey Findings: The State of Firm-Level Innovation in Canada is the first of three reports based on an extensive survey of Canadian industry that probes deep into the ways that firms strategize, plan, manage, and conduct their innovation activities. The 2012 Centre for Business Innovation Survey on Innovation Management in Canadian Companies generated over 630 responses from leaders in firms of all sizes, many industrial sectors, and all provinces and territories of Canada. The survey collected data on innovation activities and their intensity, firms’ business models, competitive culture, sources of innovation, perceived challenges to innovation, various aspects of innovation management, and the factors that affect innovation performance in Canadian firms. This first report documents Canadian firms’ innovation strategy preferences, the types of innovations pursued, the intensity of innovation activities, the sources of innovation, and their challenges to innovation. The report provides a foundation for identifying ways that Canadian companies can enhance their innovation performance through improved management and other measures.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Canada’s Innovation Context
  • What Is Innovation?
  • Framework and Scope of the Report
  • Bottom Line … Metrics Matter!

Chapter 2—Innovation Strategies in Canadian Firms

  • Adopting the Right Innovation Strategy
  • Conclusions

Chapter 3—Types and Intensity of Innovations Pursued by Canadian Firms

  • Types of Innovations Pursued by Canadian Firms
  • Intensity of Innovation Activities
  • Conclusions and Comments

Chapter 4—Sources of Innovations and Challenges in Canadian Firms

  • Sources for Innovation in Canadian Firms
  • Challenges to Innovation in Canadian Firms
  • Funding Innovation Activities in Canadian Firms
  • External Factors in Support of Innovation in Canadian Firms
  • Conclusions

Appendix A—CBI Survey on Innovation Metrics and Management

  • Targets and Channels

Appendix B—Bibliography

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