12/22/2007

The 20 Most Important Questions In Business

Brett Nelson, Entrepreneurs Editor for Forbes.com, proposed last month a core set of tough questions governing the fate of any enterprise. Armed with those answers, they stand the best chance of beating some fairly dire odds : Studies estimate that just two-thirds of all start-ups survive the first two years, and less than half make it to the fourth.

Read the full story by Brett Nelson Forbes.com Nov. 21, 2007

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12/15/2007

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007

Published every two years, the OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard brings together over 200 internationally comparable quality indicators to explore the progress of national innovation strategies and recent developments in science, technology and industry.

Its goal is to inform policy makers on questions of high policy interest, including:

  • The international mobility of researchers and scientists
  • The growth of the information economy
  • Innovation by regions and industries
  • Innovation strategies by companies
  • The internationalisation of research
  • The changing role of multinational enterprises
  • New patterns in trade competitiveness and productivity

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard 2007
By providing a wide array of indicators for policy analysis, the STI Scoreboard has become a widely used reference which combines statistical rigour with easy access and readability. The key findings are presented as bullet points alongside graphs highlighting the relative importance of countries. In addition, brief technical notes provide further methodological details on the indicators, along with links to useful references and data sources.

Regarding innovation and economic performance, large firms tend to introduce more novel innovations than small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). For product innovation, this ranges from more than 50% of all large firms having introduced a new-to-market innovation in Iceland, Austria and Luxembourg [44% in Belgium], to less than 20% in Australia, Germany and some of the recent EU member countries.

More on OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007.

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