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Structure, business demographics and innovation in Burnie


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O'Brien, KR and Arundel, A and Jerrim, S (2009) Structure, business demographics and innovation in Burnie. Working Paper. Australian Innovation Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

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This report explores the industry structure, business demography and innovation activity for firms in the Burnie region in relation to the rest of Tasmania, based on a retrospective analysis of data from the AIRC Tasmanian Innovation Census (TIC) of all firms in Tasmania with 5 or more employees. In the Burnie region, the TIC target population consisted of 110 firms. Completed questionnaires were received from 62 of these firms, for a response rate of 56.4%. The Burnie region is defined as the Burnie Local Government Area, and results for the Burnie region are compared against all respondent firms located outside of the Burnie region. Characteristic differences in the Burnie industrial and business landscape in relation to the rest of Tasmania include a greater reliance on manufacturing and resources, utilities and construction sectors, with a smaller number of larger businesses accounting for greater shares of employment, and a much larger share of regional sales derived from export markets. Despite making up the greater share of firms, the service sectors are less important economically in terms of turnover and employment, with smaller firms and output in the knowledge intensive business services. By reviewing the innovation characteristics of firms in Burnie using a number of standard indicators for innovation type, inputs, outputs, collaboration, and some more recently developed ‘innovation mode’ metrics we were developed a profile of innovative activity in the region.

Item Type: Report (Working Paper)
Publisher: Australian Innovation Research Centre
Additional Information: © 2009 Australian Innovation Research Centre
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2010 02:05
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2010 02:05
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