Report on the "2004 Annual Survey of Innovation Activities in the Business Sector" published

    The Census and Statistics Department releases today (November 3) a report on the "2004 Annual Survey of Innovation Activities in the Business Sector" conducted from mid-February to early-August 2005.  The survey aims to collect information on innovation activities, including research and development (R&D), in the business sector.

     The report contains statistics on innovation activities, including R&D, in the business sector for 2004.  It also contains analyses of the various aspects of innovation activities including the impact of technological innovation on businesses, source of information for undertaking technological innovation activities, barriers to technological innovation; and non-technological innovation activities such as important strategic and organisational changes.    

     R&D activities refer to creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, and the use of this knowledge to devise new products/services/applications, as well as improvement of existing products/services/applications.

     Generally, innovation activities encompass technological and non-technological activities.  Technological innovation activities refer to activities conducted for the purpose of (i) introducing any technologically new or substantially improved product or service; or (ii) introducing any technologically new or substantially improved process in manufacturing a product or in providing a service.  As for non-technological innovation activities, the major types are in the areas of instituting changes in several dimensions, viz. strategy, management, organisation, marketing and aesthetic changes in products.

     Innovation activities play an important role in a knowledge-based economy.  Besides conducting R&D, a firm may undertake other innovation activities not directly related to R&D but which nevertheless contribute significantly to the performance of the firm.  

     This survey report is now available, in both print version and download version (in PDF format), for sale at HK$45 and HK$33.8 respectively. It can be purchased online at the “Statistical Bookstore, Hong Kong” ( or by completing and returning an order form which can be downloaded from the C&SD's website (  Purchase in person can be made at the Publications Unit of the C&SD (Address: 19/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai; Tel.: 2582 3025).

     Enquires about the contents of this publication can be directed to the Science and Technology Statistics Section of the Census and Statistics Department (Tel: 2887 9634).

Ends/Thursday, November 3, 2005
Issued at HKT 14:00


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