MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - GE (NYSE: GE) today released the results of the second annual "Global
Innovation Barometer" that confirms business' belief in innovation as
the main driver of prosperity, competitiveness and job creation. The
global study surveyed 2800 senior business executives in 22 countries.
This year, Canada was included for the first time in the study. The
Barometer was commissioned by GE and conducted by independent research
and consulting firm StrategyOne to identify drivers and deterrents of
innovation and to analyze perceptions around innovation opportunities
The study compares Canada's perception of innovation -- as it relates to
satisfaction and optimism within the country -- to 21 other markets
from around the world, including the US, China, Brazil and Germany.
This builds on the first report that included 11 countries and was
released at Davos in January 2011. Overall, Canadian respondents show
above average satisfaction with the way the country's innovation
framework has evolved over the last five years and are optimistic about
the value innovation brings to society as a whole. However,
dissatisfaction was expressed with the speed at which innovative
products are coming to market, the availability of private investment,
and the efficiency of government in its approach to organizing,
coordinating and allocating resources to support innovation.
When referring to innovation in the 21st century, Canadian respondents had an above average association with
high level scientific research compared to people's creativity.
However Canadian respondents identified creative and out of the box
thinking as the most important factor to drive innovation in their
businesses. "Increased creativity particularly in the areas of
business processes and commercialization is important to our future
success," says Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada.
The study notes that Canada lacks an international reputation in the
area of innovation. Only 3 percent of global respondents report Canada
as a Top 3 Innovation Champion, while 91 percent of Canadian
respondents report that Canada has a good reputation for Innovation.
"Canadians share a global conviction that innovation is a key driver of
economic transformation, however we need to increase the speed at which
innovative products are coming to market, improve the efficiency of
public/private support, and tell a stronger story globally, if we want
to improve productivity and drive next generation innovation", notes
Allan. "The Barometer's findings reinforce GE's perspective on
Canadian innovation, and recent decisions to invest in several new
centres of excellence and innovation."
The 2012 Global Innovation Barometer validates the importance of
investing in innovation as a critical piece of global competitiveness.
This investment comes in many forms - from traditional R&D to new
products, markets and business models. Governments and business both
have an important role in ensuring the right conditions for meaningful
innovation are supported in order for countries to deliver value and
meaningful solutions that promote competitiveness and prosperity.
For more information on the GE Innovation Barometer please visit www.ge.com/ca and www.ge.com/innovationbarometer
About the Barometer:
The research was commissioned by GE and conducted by StrategyOne between
October 15, 2011 and November 15, 2011. Interviews with the 2,800
senior business executives were conducted by telephone across 22
countries. All respondents are directly involved in their company's
innovation processes and are VP and above with 30 percent of those
surveyed at the C-suite level. The countries included in the research
are Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India,
Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South
Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA.
Canadian interviews were conducted in major markets across the country
in both English and French.
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About Strategy One
StrategyOne is a full service, strategic research and measurement
consultancy institute. Created in 1999 in New York, with offices in
London, New York, Paris, Brussels, Washington, Chicago, Silicon Valley,
Abu Dhabi and Atlanta.
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