Innovation in the Australian spatial information industry: incentives and impediments

Woodgate,P 2007, Innovation in the Australian spatial information industry: incentives and impediments, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Graduate School of Business, RMIT University.


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Title Innovation in the Australian spatial information industry: incentives and impediments
Author(s) Woodgate,P
Year 2007
Abstract The spatial information industry in Australia is in a state of rapid flux. In recent years it has had to transition itself from the use of traditional surveying and cartographic services to the ubiquitous world of on-line, mobile positioning and imaging services.
This thesis sets out to examine the factors and processes that are operating to assist and impede innovation in Australia's spatial information industry today. The emphasis of the thesis is on small to medium enterprise (SME) firms operating in Australia.

A comprehensive review of the literature of innovation was undertaken. The review identified 60 factors of innovation. The process of innovation was also investigated. The literature review yielded next to no information on comparable studies on the spatial information industry anywhere in the world.

The research involved detailed case studies on five firms operating in the Australian spatial information industry. In each firm interviews were conducted separately with the Chief Executive Officer and one Innovator. An industry-wide survey was conducted and 85 individual returns from 70 separate firms were obtained. A realist research method and an inductive research strategy were employed to analyse the data.

The research found that 74 percent of firms believe that innovation was critical to their success. On average Australian firms devote 8 percent of their total turnover to research and development. Seventy-nine percent of firms felt that lack of skilled labour was limiting innovation, the largest impeding factor. Sixty-four percent felt government red tape was also impeding innovation. The most popular research partners were Australia's Cooperative Research Centres. A close examination of working practice in Australian firms revealed the potential for significant lapses in the quality of communication between the CEO and the Innovators of the firm.

A methodology of innovation best practice management for innovation in the spatial information industry was derived from all of the sources of research; literature review, case study interviews and the industry-wide survey.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Graduate School of Business
Keyword(s) Innovation
spatial information
management
SMEs
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