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Innovation surveys - a reseachers perspective

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An earlier version of this paper was prepared for the joint OECD/Eurostat workshopon innovation surveys, OECD, Paris, June 30th 1999. The paper addresses some issuesabout the nature of innovation surveys (particularly the new Community InnovationSurveys) and how they might be improved to take on board several crucialdevelopments in contemporary advanced economies. In particular the following topicsare discussed: the increased distribution of innovative activity across firms andnetworks; the problems of service sector innovation and the comparability of servicesand manufacturing firms; and the problems of labour in the innovation process.

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Mark Tomlinson

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