2006/09/01 16:40 Ian Miles, "Services, Innovation and R&D"

2006/09/01 16:40 Ian Miles, "Services, Innovation and R&D", SEM 2006, HUT

Services Engineering and Management Summer School, Helsinki University of Technology, August 28-September 2

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At Suomilinna

From PREST/Manchester Business School

Drawing on studies: The Future of R&D in Services" and RENESER "Research Needs for Service Industries"

Linear model of innovation, from manufacturing

  • Science Base to Industrial R&D, Product Innovation to Productive Process, Production Innovation to Use in Market
  • Arrows between everything, lots of feedback loops
  • Upstream science base is influenced by feedback and new knowledge from the others
  • Some ideas of strategic research, can find way to application
  • A lot of work in genomics and biotech

EU leading to policies to encourage investing in R&D

  • Lisbon agenda of being dynamic and innovative

U.S. spends a greater share of GDP on R&D than Europe

  • Service sectors in the U.S. spend more on R&D than Europe
  • Around 2000, over 1/3 of business expenditure on services, whereas Europe was 12%
  • Europe will take decades to catch up

UK manufacturing and services growing in parallel, much lower in services

OECD: Services % of GDP is growing much faster in U.S. than Europe

  • Belgium, Germany, Ireland are bucking the trends a little 
  • Recorded R&D is services has grown, they didn't use to track this
  • So a survey of service companies they think are investing
  • 95% of service companies spend nothing
  • Would not place much confidence on statistics on R&D, although sampling better now than before
  • U.S. and UK were first in measuring services in R&D, Japan rather late

NSF 2000: Which services do R&D?

  • 9 services sectors, Japan does 1 and Germany does 2, so would expect a lot of invisible activity
  • IT services is a big sector
  • R&D services means business is doing R&D, 10% of companies do this
  • Communications sectors is small in some countries, not elsewhere
  • Transportation strong in France
  • Retail strong in U.S. and Canada
  • Can't say much about professional services, as they're hidden, and not elsewhere classified
  • It's more a matter of judgement in statistic measurements

One other source of R&D, Community Innovation Centre, being measured across EU

  • Ask 1000 companies in each country
    • Do you do it in-house, with others?
    • Almost 50% of firms don't do R&D, over 50% say that do
    • They conduct less R&D than professional size
  • Technology-related KIBS are most active
  • Even small firms do R&D

Official data:

  • Almost all retail and wholesale trade R&D done by 3 firm types
  • Professional and equipment wholesalers (selling computers), electrical good wholesalers (appliances) and drug wholesalers
  • Findings: most classifications are by output product, but where companies are classed depends on where their human resources are.
  • A lot of manufacturers have been been reclassified as wholesalers (e.g. Dell as a computer retailer)
  • Social science service firms are excluded.
  • Frascati Manual, includes social science in the definition of R&D
    • Tax credits written to support science
    • We don't want market research

Within company:

  • R&D may be lower, even if incluidng underdevloped
  • May be budgeted and reported as others

Barro: innovation is service led, which leads to products

Case studies

  • When some companies pressed on innovation, what they were doing was R&D
  • BBC separates technology R&D from creative content R&D
  • Some companies say that they don't have R&D, but do provide a sandbox
  • Telecom companies working on visual radio
  • Almost all firms said that innovation would be relevant to R&D in the future
  • Public sector uses the word R&D more

Community innovation survey: expenditures

  • Share of effort on R&D

Two new:

  • Professions-led innovation, e.g. associations, training
  • Practice-led innovation, i.e. in the course of delivering the service
    • Innovation management is not well done that is reproduced
    • Done by one worker, and it's not picked up
    • Efforts to create knowledge management systems
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