COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of innovation in solving our biggest challenges. As we face unprecedented economic challenges ahead, we need to embrace the power of business innovation. The findings from this study will help businesses understand the key factors needed for science and technology innovation to succeed in the most important way: improvements to the bottom line.
The Thriving through innovation: Lessons from the top PDF (5 MB) survey was produced by CSIRO in partnership with The University of Queensland.
The four key innovation factors
Analysis of company data and financial performance show there are four innovation factors which drive success:
- Corporate entrepreneurship
- Collaborative breadth
- Innovation novelty
- Triple threats.
These four factors should be the top of your list to reap the benefits of innovation.
These findings establish a strong link between bold risk taking and the financial success for top performing ASX companies.
Download the report
- Methodological appendix PDF (3 MB)
- Methodological appendix - accessible text only version TXT (51 KB)
This survey is part of a suite of reports CSIRO has released on the importance of science and technology in our economic recovery.
- The COVID-19: Recovery and resilience report outlines the medium and long-term innovation investment opportunities for Australian industries to drive economic recovery and build future resilience.
- The Value of science and technology report shows why innovation investment is important and outlines the barriers and solutions when navigating the innovation cycle.
How was the survey conducted?
The national survey was conducted with c-suite executives, managing directors, vice-presidents, directors and managers who are responsible for undertaking company-level innovation efforts.
After collecting survey data from 197 ASX firms, we put a spotlight on the top performers and tested 15 variables to find the four factors that mattered most. This allowed us to inspect the top 10% performers and understand what sets them apart as leaders in innovation.