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Innovation and Performance: Benchmarking Australian Firms

  • Simon Feeny

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

  • Mark Rogers

    (Harris Manchester College, The University of Oxford, U.K.)

This paper empirically analyses the link between innovation and performance using a sample of large Australian firms, with a specific aim of developing benchmarking tools. Innovation is measured by firms’ investment in R&D and applications for patents, trademarks and designs. An innovation index is constructed which incorporates a firm’s innovative activities into a single figure after accounting for firm size. The index provides a ranking of the most innovative firms in Australia. Firms which have a higher (and lower) than expected performance outcome from their innovative activities are also identified.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2001n07.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2001
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Handle: RePEc:iae:iaewps:wp2001n07
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