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November 2014

10.11.2014 – ZEW (bpe/ggr/jpr)

Impressive Employment Balance for Innovators even in Downturn Periods

Service and product innovations are considered to be the most important engines for economic and employment growth. Against this backdrop, we often forget that innovations can also be a source of jobs destruction. The overall employment balance of innovative firms, however, is clearly positive. read more

January 2014

14.01.2014 – ZEW (cra/kbo)

2013 German Innovation Survey - Expenditures on Innovation Rise Though Less Firms Introduced Innovations

Enterprises in Germany are planning to expand innovation expenditure in 2013 and 2014. Having reached an impressive value of EUR 137.4 billion in 2012, the expenditures on innovation of the German economy will increase by 3.7 per cent in 2013, thus reaching EUR 142.6 billion. A further increase of innovation budgets by 3.0 per cent to EUR 146.9 billion is planned for 2014. These are the findings of the current German Innovation Survey, which was carried out in spring and summer of 2013. For this survey, more than 16,100 enterprises from the industry and services sector were asked about their actual and planned expenditures on innovations. The survey is carried out annually by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research as well as the infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. read more

February 2013

11.02.2013 – ZEW (cra/kbo)

German Innovation Survey 2012 - Large Companies Expand Innovation Budgets Significantly

In 2011 the innovation expenditures of German companies increased by 9.2 per cent and reached a new all-time high of 131.9 billion euros. It was the larger companies which accounted for the major part of the increase. Despite the robust economic situation, small and medium-sized companies were reluctant to invest. The share of companies which introduced innovations hence dropped below 40 per cent. The share of turnover created with new products reached 14.2 per cent in 2011, thereby falling slightly below the value of the previous year. These are central findings of the recently published “German Innovation Survey 2012”. The survey is conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research as well as the Institute for Applied Social Sciences (infas) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). read more

January 2013

28.01.2013 – ZEW (kre/kbo)

Germany Runs the Risk of Losing its Innovation Lead in the Field of Coal-Fired Power Plants – China is Catching Up

Japan and Germany clearly are the innovation leaders in innovative coal technologies. Given the decreasing domestic importance of coal, however, this lead is at risk. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Augsburg University, the Institute for Policy and Management (IPM) in Peking, and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). read more

November 2012

13.11.2012 – ZEW (ibe/joh/ggr)

Sales of German Internet Industry Exceed 75 Billion Euros and Continuous to Grow

In 2011, the German internet industry had a sales volume of slightly more than 75 billion euros. This figure includes all sales conducted via the Internet as well as sales generated by selling internet-based products: for example e-commerce, data services, applications, and IT services or online video games. Measured against the overall GDP, this constitutes a share of 2.9 per cent. The internet industry has grown constantly between 2009 and 2011. Especially smartphones and mobile services are the major driving force behind this development. B2B e-commerce also generated high transaction volumes, not least due to the growing integration and automation of sales processes. These are the results of a study jointly conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and TNS Infratest on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) in preparation for the seventh National IT Summit in Essen, Germany. read more

October 2012

31.10.2012 – ZEW (cra/ggr)

More Flexibility Could Increase the Success of Public Innovation Funding

Every year, the European Union and its Member States spend billions of euros for funding Research and Development (R&D) projects both in companies and public research organisations. The aim is to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness. The success of public funding and the outcome obtained from each euro granted, however, could be increased if the rather rigid pattern of public support, which is currently being employed, would be more flexible. This is the result of a study jointly conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Warwick Business School within the framework of the SEEK Research Programme. read more

01.10.2012 – ZEW (fsc/kbo)

Why Rapidly Growing Patent Thickets Threaten Business Innovation

Nowadays, thousands of patents are protecting innovative products like the smartphone. Such growing patent thickets increasingly hinder the innovation process of national economies. For many firms, the patent legislation represents an almost incalculable risk. Patent litigations between major technology corporations such as Apple, Google, or Motorola have recently highlighted this phenomenon. Meanwhile, many companies hesitate to market an innovative product due to this development. Smaller companies refrain from investing in innovative products or processes, especially if various owners of patents are involved. In such cases, it is difficult and expensive for them to secure the rights necessary to introduce innovative products. Bigger companies, on the other hand, are deterred by legal uncertainties resulting from patent thickets. These are the findings of an empirical study on the impact of patent thickets, i.e. of webs of overlapping patents, on companies’ innovation performance, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

August 2012

15.08.2012 – zew (srr/ggr/kbo)

Avoiding Greenhouse Gases Through new Technologies – Only Firms Making In-House Adjustments Benefit from "Green" Technologies

Using new technologies to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases within the production process can lead to an increase of productivity. Emission-reducing innovations, however, also require adjustments in the organisation and production processes. Failing to achieve these adjustments may result in a loss of productivity. This is the result of an empirical study based on a survey among 3,896 companies in Germany conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

March 2012

From left to right: Georg Licht, Christiane Neumann, Simone Schwanitz, Martin Peitz, Heike Schweitzer, Thomas Kohl

29.03.2012 – ZEW (gli/mpe/ggr)

Leibniz ScienceCampus "Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation" (MaCCI) Takes off

An international conference on global regimes for the protection of intellectual property rights and corporate competitive behaviour on 29 March, 2012 launched the new Leibniz ScienceCampus "Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation" (MaCCI). MaCCI is a joint project of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the School of Law and Economics at the University of Mannheim. Its specific research design is almost unique in Germany and in Europe. Mannheim-based MaCCI is co-funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Leibniz Association. read more

February 2012

15.02.2012 – ZEW (kre/kbo)

"Green" Innovations Favour New Employment

Companies that have introduced eco-friendly process innovations registered an up to five per cent larger growth in employment than companies that have introduced non-eco-related process innovations. Especially strong stimuli resulted from "green" innovations that lead to reductions in the consumption of material and energy. These are the findings of a recent study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Prof. Jens Horbach from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. The study analyses the impact of eco-innovations on the employment behaviour of approximately 2,100 companies in Germany between 2006 and 2008. read more

January 2012

31.01.2012 – ZEW (cra/kbo)

2011 German Innovation Survey - Innovation Has Helped to Successfully Lead the German Economy Successfully Out of the Crisis

Companies in Germany intensified their innovation efforts during the economic crisis of 2009. These efforts turned out to be rewarding. In 2010, companies were able to increase their revenues by introducing new products. Fundamentally new innovations - "market novelties" - have sold particularly well and export-oriented sectors have been most successful in selling new products. The strong position of German companies in international markets is thus a result not only of cost advantages, but also of a competitive edge in terms of innovation. These are the findings of the recently published 2011 German Innovation Survey. The survey was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovations Research as well as the Institute for Applied Social Sciences (infas). read more

December 2011

06.12.2011 – ZEW (ibe/joh/ggr)

Taking the Lead in Innovation – A Crucial Success Factor for the Internationalisation of German ICT Companies

Innovation, skilled employees and customised products and services are the success factors of German ICT (Information and Communication Technology) companies for accessing foreign markets. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). The study represents the preparatory work for the 6th National IT Summit on December 6, 2011, in Munich. It analyses the key intentions, success factors and problems regarding the internationalisation of German companies from the ICT sector. The study includes a representative survey of approx. 600 ICT businesses. read more

May 2011

25.05.2011 – ZEW (msu/ben/kbo)

Customised Software Fosters Innovation Success of Service Providers

Firms using customised enterprise software are more innovative than their competitors that are mainly using standardized software. This is the finding of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The study analysed the impact of standardized software and customised software on the innovation success of service companies. read more

March 2011

08.03.2011 – ZEW (ggr/kbo)

EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Minister President of Baden-Württemberg Speak at SEEK Kick-Off Conference at ZEW

"Baden-Württemberg has become one of the most dynamic places in Europe, and is strongly committed to keeping its leading position as a region of innovation by maintaining investment in education and research," Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science said while visiting the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Together with Stefan Mappus, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, she visited the kick-off conference of the SEEK research programme at ZEW in Mannheim. On 4-5 March 2011, some 200 participants from 20 countries discussed about knowledge and innovation as the basis for sustainable and smart growth in Germany and Europe. read more

January 2011

31.01.2011 – ZEW (cra/kbo)

Innovation Survey 2010 for Germany: Emerging From the Crisis With Drive

In spite of the severe economic crisis, German businesses have maintained their levels of innovation. Although innovation expenditures declined in 2009 for the first time in thirteen years, the decline was lower than the sales collapse and therefore innovation intensity increased. Innovation intensity is a measure of innovation expenditures as a percentage of total turnovers in all businesses. For 2010 and 2011, businesses are already planning higher innovation expenditures, which will almost return to the pre-crisis levels of 2008. These are the findings from the recently published Innovation Survey 2010 for Germany. The survey is conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and infas (Institute for Applied Social Sciences) by a mandate of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. read more

11.01.2011 – ZEW (ibe/ggr)

Cloud Computing Profits from High Flexibility and Efficiency

Thirty five percent of innovative German companies already use cloud computing. However, several companies consider its impact on the protection of sensitive business data and the dependence on external providers to be problematic. These are the findings of a representative survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) among 1,000 innovative companies and the analysis of a special question, which was part of the quarterly survey conducted by ZEW and Creditreform among the service providers of the information society (see details at end of press release). read more

November 2010

23.11.2010 – ZEW (ibe/ggr)

Social Media in Companies – Playground or Business Strategy?

For 59 percent of the companies using social media such as wikis, blogs, online social networks and cooperation platforms, these tools are part of their business strategy. However, their use is frequently limited to individual employees or departments. These are the findings of a current representative survey, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). A total of 4,400 firms in the manufacturing industry and selected service sectors with more than five staff members were surveyed. read more

October 2010

28.10.2010 – ZEW (ibe/ggr)

Every Fifth Firm in Germany Using Web 2.0

Web 2.0 applications like facebook and twitter have established themselves as information and communication media in our private domain. Today the use of Web 2.0 in business, labelled “Enterprise 2.0”, is increasingly conquering the business world. Every fifth firm in Germany is currently using wikis, blogs, social online networks or collaboration platforms. These are the findings of a current survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). A total of 4,400 firms, which all have more than five staff members, in the manufacturing industry and selected service sectors were surveyed. read more

18.10.2010 – ZEW (msu/kbo)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Mobile Devices Are On the Rise

Mobile devices like smartphones or tablet PCs are being used in many firms today. These devices make it possible for the mobile users to access the internet and internet-based services and applications everywhere. In the economic sector service providers of the information society, 68 percent of firms are using smartphones and 67 percent of firms are using web-enabled mobile phones. Around 63 percent of firms have PC cards modems for notebooks and 32 percent of firms report that they are using tablet personal computers. These are the findings of a survey among the service providers of the information society, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss, in September 2010 (see details at the end of press release). read more

September 2010

13.09.2010 – ZEW (ibe/ggr)

Broadband Internet Access Makes Firms More Innovative

The effective use of modern information and communication technologies requires a high-performance broadband infrastructure. The European Commission (EU 2020 strategy) and the German government (broadband strategy) call for a massive expansion of broadband internet access. A current ZEW study supported by Deutsche Telekom AG indicates that broadband internet access gives significant impulses to firms in Germany and makes them more innovative. In the early phase of the DSL expansion from 2001 to 2003, firms using broadband internet access were able to increase the probability of realizing product and process innovations by 25 percentage points on average. Broadband internet gave impulses for innovations particularly in the service sector. read more

February 2010

25.02.2010 – ZEW (jme/ggr)

Service Providers - Social Software User More Innovative

Social software will again be an important topic at CeBit 2010. The use of social software applications is still subject of controversial public discussion. Some argue that wikis, blogs and other online social networks for firms distract employees from their jobs. Others consider social software an important impulse for a firm’s success. The latter has been proven by a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim. The survey indicates that service providers using social software applications are more innovative than firms not using social software apps (ZEW Discussion Paper No. 09-046). read more

22.02.2010 – ZEW (bpe/kbo)

Innovation Survey 2009 for Germany: Innovation Expenditures Drop After Record High in 2008 – Investments in R&D Mostly Unaffected

Firms in Germany curb expenses for innovation due to the economic crisis. After the innovation expenditures increased to a high level of 128.1 billion euro in 2008, a decline by ten percent in 2009 and stagnation on this considerably lower level are to be expected in 2010. Good news is, however, that firms have largely spared the investments for Research and Development as they are especially important for the long-term competitiveness. These are the findings from the recently published Innovation Survey 2009 for Germany. The survey is conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and infas (Institute for Applied Social Sciences) by a mandate of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. read more

January 2009

27.01.2009 – ZEW (cra/kbo)

Innovation Survey 2008: Robust growth in innovation expenditures in 2007 – meagre prospects for 2009

Driven by the relatively strong economic climate in 2007, German businesses increased their investments in innovation. In 2007, the German economy added more than six percent to its innovation expenditures. Altogether businesses invested 122.7 billion euros. However, in view of the cooling down of the economy, companies have budgeted for smaller innovation investments in the years 2008 and 2009. In 2008 the increase in innovation expenditures was limited to 0.9 percent rising to a total of 123.8 billion Euros. In 2009, businesses expect to reduce their spending for future industrial development in Germany to 122.5 billion Euros. This represents a one percent cutback in the innovation budget. These are the findings from the recently published 2008 German Innovation Survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim with a mandate from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research as well as the infas (Institute for Applied Social Sciences). read more

May 2008

29.05.2008 – ZEW/Microsoft (gli/Borgmann)

Upward Trend in High-Tech Start-Ups

In 2007, there were more high-tech start-ups in Germany than in the previous years. Despite this upward tendency, the number of start-ups is still below the number reached in 1995. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Microsoft Germany. The study outlines that the number of high-tech start-ups in 2007 increased by four percent compared to the previous year to a total of 19,200 start-ups. The extraordinary good economic situation in the high-tech sectors is the reason for this trend. High-tech start-ups develop contrary to the general trend as the number of start-ups in all economic sectors is still declining. There are clear regional differences concerning the number of high-tech start-ups over the last ten years: Nuremberg surprisingly ranked second after Munich, the Stuttgart region on the other hand lost its place among the top ranks. The study also finds that every twelfth high tech firm in Germany is founded by a majority of women. read more

January 2008

28.01.2008 – ZEW (jeh/ggr)

German Innovation Survey 2007 – Strongest Growth in Innovation Expenditures of German Companies Since 2002

Driven by the good economic situation, German companies have increasingly invested in innovation. In 2006, the innovation expenditures of the German economy saw a strong six per cent growth and amounted to 115.5 billion euros. For 2007, businesses are planning a further increase in their innovation budgets of over 5.5 per cent. Yet for 2008, companies only expect a relatively moderate increase of around 2 per cent. read more

December 2007

13.12.2007 – ZEW (kvs)

ZEWnews December 2007: Research and Innovation benefit from the Economic Upswing and the Competition

A recent ZEW study among 2000 entrepreneurs shows that in 2007, research and innovation gained more and more importance. Compared with 2006, research expenditures may raise by 7 per cent. This would be the highest growth rate recorded since 2000. In 2007, 40 per cent of the companies increased their personnel recourses in the area of research and innovation. The driving forces behind this high dynamics are the increasing demand for innovative products and the growing international competition. However, Germany’s governmental high-tech strategy has been proven effective as well. read more

May 2007

23.05.2007 – ZEW (joh/kvs)

FAZIT Company Survey – Half of the Companies in Baden-Württemberg have Successfully Introduced Innovations

From 2004 to 2006, a total of 53 per cent of the companies in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg have successfully introduced innovations. 42 per cent of these companies were able to launch new or significantly improved products or services (product innovation). In this period, a total of 43 per cent established new or considerably improved internal processes (process innovations) and about 32 per cent of the companies in Baden-Württemberg state that they introduced both product and process innovations. read more

April 2007

04.04.2007 – ZEW (cra/ggr)

German Innovation Survey 2006 – German Automobile Industry Spends the Most on Innovation

The innovative strength of the German economy is crucial for the international competitiveness of German companies. However, the latest available figures show that in 2005, the innovation activity of German companies considerably varied according to the different branches. read more

February 2007

26.02.2007 – ZEW (cra/ggr)

Innovation Survey 2006: German Industrial Companies are the Most Innovative Companies in Europe

In 2005, German companies spend 106.8 billion euros in innovation. One year later, this amount increased to 108.1 billion euros. Similar innovation expenditure is expected for 2007. read more

August 2006

16.08.2006 – ZEW (cra/kvs)

Innovations in Germany – Vehicle Construction at the Top

In 2004, vehicle construction industry spent 27.7 billion euros on innovation projects and thus outdoes every other sector in Germany. For 2005 and 2006, German vehicle construction also expects rising innovation budgets of 28.2 billion euros (2005) and 29.0 billion euros (2006). read more

February 2006

28.02.2006 – ZEW (cra/ggr)

Innovation in Germany - 100 Billion Euros for Innovation: Service Providers Dim, Manufacturing Sector Bright

The innovation expenditures of the German economy in the year 2004 have risen by two percent to 100 billion Euros. For 2005 and 2006 the firms plan further increases to their budgets of one (2005), respectively two percent (2006). In the year 2006 the innovation expenditures would accordingly reach 103 billion Euros. read more

November 2005

08.11.2005 – ZEW/KfW (cra/ggr)

Making better use of the innovation potentials of small an medium-sized enterprises

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of innovative activities in Germany. For this reason it is disquieting that in the period from the end of the 1990s until the year 2003 the number of SMEs that successfully engaged in innovative activities fell by roughly 10,000 to 83,000 enterprises. read more

February 2005

04.02.2005 – ZEW (cra/kvs)

Number of Innovative German Firms Increases

A trend reversal is likened regarding the German industry's innovation behav-iour. The share of industrial firms investing in new products or processes has once again increased a great deal in the "year of innovation" 2004 from 59 to 65 percent after it had already gained in the year 2003 for the first time in three years. read more

August 2000

22.08.2000 – ZEW (nja/kvs)

Innovations in Manufacturing Industry: East German Enterprises have Largely Caught up

Innovation activities of enterprises in manufacturing industry and mining in the New Länder hardly differ from those of enterprises in the old Länder. Any differences can be mainly attributed to the varying structure of company sizes. read more

July 1999

27.07.1999 – ZEW (nja/kvs)

Innovations in the Services Sector: Contrasting Developments in the Individual Branches

Innovation activities in Germany showed a generally stable trend in 1997. However, disparate developments are apparent in the individual sectors. Whereas in the modern services sectors – banks/insurances as well as technical, IT and consultancy services – innovation activities have intensified, the traditional sectors – retail and wholesale as well as transport – show a strong diminishing trend. This is the result of the latest innovation survey by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. For this representative survey, ZEW interviewed approximately 4,010 enterprises about their innovation activities in 1999 and projected the results for Germany. According to ZEW calculations, the share of innovative companies in the modern services sector in 1997 has reached 66 per cent and therefore lies considerably above previous year’s level (61 per cent). Innovation expenditures have likewise increased by 13 per cent to 26 billion DM. read more

October 1998

20.10.1998 – ZEW (kvs)

Innovative East German Businesses are Faster in Reaching West German Level

Despite remarkable progress in terms of adjustment, the productivity of the East German industry is still below the West German level. However, the individual East German businesses differ considerably from one another in terms of their productivity. It is clearly demonstrated that innovative businesses, in contrast to non-innovative businesses, exhibit a far more positive development regarding productivity. Businesses that cooperate with West German or foreign shareholding companies are equally faster in reaching the West German level than independent businesses. These are the findings of a study carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

September 1998

08.09.1998 – ZEW (kvs)

Environmental Policy’s Impact on Innovation Behaviour of Businesses

A current study carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim contradicts with the view, that it is, above all, government regulations that contribute to environmental protection. In fact, the study shows that the innovation impact resulting from the implementation of economic instruments – e.g. environmental taxes – and regulatory instruments – e.g. environmental standards – strongly depends on the conditions in the respective sectors. Depending on the economic sector, the very same instrument may produce different effects. The type of innovation is likewise a determining factor. According to the ZEW study, eco-innovations are innovations that are aimed at the prevention and reduction of pollution caused by anthropogenic activity, while at the same time they also contribute to remedy such damage already done and facilitate the diagnosis and control of environmental pressure. read more


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