Report on the "2007 Annual Survey of Innovation Activities in the Business Sector" published

     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) releases today (October 24) a report on the 2007 Annual Survey of Innovation Activities in the Business Sector conducted from February to August 2008.  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 2007.  It also contains analyses of the various aspects of innovation activities including the impact of technological innovation (TI) on businesses; sources of information for undertaking TI activities; barriers to TI; and non-technological innovation (non-TI) activities such as important strategic and organisational changes.    

     Innovation activities, generally encompassing TI and non-TI activities, play an important role in a knowledge-based economy.  While R&D is one of the key forces for TI, there are other forms of innovation activities which are not directly related to technological advancement and changes but may nevertheless contribute significantly to the competitiveness and performance of a firm.

     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 or improve existing products/services/applications.

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

     Users can download this survey report free of charge at the website of the C&SD (  Print version of this report will be available for sale at HK$96 per issue in November 2008.  Purchase can be made in the following ways:

(i) Purchase in person at the Publications Unit of C&SD (Address: 19/F Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai; Tel: 2582 3025).
(ii) Through mail order by returning a completed order form which can be downloaded from the C&SD's website (
(iii) Purchase online at the Government Bookstore of the Information Services Department (

     Enquiries about the contents of this report can be directed to the Science and Technology Statistics Section of the C&SD at telephone no. 2887 5560 or email address

Ends/Friday, October 24, 2008
Issued at HKT 16:30


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