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To address issues of how to better gather data on organisational innovation, this study was commissioned by DG XIII-C of the European Commission, as a scientific follow-up of Community Innovation Survey Project CIS 98/191. The project was co-ordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, of Karlsruhe, Germany.

The study had two major aims:
- The scattered experiences with surveys on organisational innovations in Europe had to be collected and summarised, both with respect to methodological and application success factors, in a systematic way.
- These experiences were to form the basis for the development of methodological approaches to examining organisational innovation Community-wide, in a comparable way and taking into account the needs of potential users.
Particular attention was paid to how the gathering of data on organisational innovations could be part of future large-scale, representative surveys on the Community level or be integrated in the Community Innovation Survey.

The study team evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of five different approaches for future Europe-wide surveying of organisational innovations, and recommends a combination of two options:
- extending the CIS survey with questions aimed at the role of organisational innovations in supporting product innovation
- the harmonisation of existing regular surveys on organisational innovations.

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