Dr Moses Sithole is a mathematician and a statistician—a mathematical statistician—and a chief research specialist in the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators at South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council. He has studied and worked in universities and science council in Australia, the UK, Swaziland and South Africa, respectively. He is internationally recognised for his work in agriculture, health, and consumer science, as well as and especially science, technology and innovation. Dr Sithole leads the team that performs the South African Business Innovation Survey
Why Innovation Measurement can Help South African Firms Boost their Competitiveness
South African business leaders need reliable evidence to make decisions that impact on their bottom lines. When it comes to decision-making about innovation, business leaders need to know what strategies will increase their levels of innovation and, by extension, their competitiveness. While there is usually no shortage of innovation-related evidence inside of firms and even within industries, it is only through an economy-wide assessment that the patterns of innovation across firms and industries can be assessed and analysed, and the impacts of these patterns drawn out. The South African Business Innovation Survey delivers this assessment and analysis, and is an essential resource for business leaders across all sectors of the economy to appreciate the broader innovation environment in which their firms operate. Presented by one of South Africa’s leading innovation scholars, Dr Moses M. Sithole, this talk will demonstrate the strategic value of the Survey for business leaders, and ignite a much-needed conversation about innovation measurement and its relationship to competitiveness. Using Survey data, the talk will answer five questions about innovative firms in South Africa: Where do they get their intelligence? Who do they cooperate with? Do they open their innovations to others? What constrains their innovative potential? What outcomes do their innovations lead to? This talk will be a Ted-style interactive experience, with a unique combination of data, insight, context, questions and answers.