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Innovation and new technology in norwegian industry

Tore Sandven, Svein Nås () and Keith Smith ()
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No 199404, STEP Report series from The STEP Group, Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy

Abstract: The EU commission initiated a large-scale project for the collection of innovation data on a European basis. The aim was to create a co-ordinated ";European Innovation Survey";. The project began in 1992 with the development and testing of questionnaires, and was followed in 1993-94 by the actual collection of data and the construction of a data-base. The project is known as Community Innovation Survey and is a collaboration between Eurostat (the EU-commission's statistical department) and DG-XIII (the SPRINT-program European Innovation Monitoring System). The Norwegian innovation study is a part of this project. The Norwegian investigation uses the same questionnaire, and is largely carried out in the same way as in the other European countries. The collected material will be available in the course of the autumn of 1994, and will give us a unique opportunity to compare the innovation activities of the different Norwegian industries with those in other countries. This is a prerequisite for any evaluation of whether innovation activity in Norway is at a satisfactory level. Nevertheless, the most important aspect of this survey is that for the first time we are able to carry out a relatively general analysis of how innovation processes function, for different categories of firms and different industries. In this report we present a selection of the findings from the Norwegian section of the innovation investigation. The investigation was jointly initiated by the Norwegian Research Council (Norges forskningsråd) and NHO, and carried out by the Statistical Central Bureau (Statistisk sentralbyrå, SSB) in the second half of 1993.

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