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There are many relatively synonymous
words or phrases that can be used to describe the activity of technology acquisition.
Some include: adoption, introduction, bring in, and integration. For the purpose
of this paper the word "acquisition" is used as it encompasses
the adoption, modification of existing technologies and the creation of new
Statistics Canada carried out some advanced technology use surveys in specific
subject matter areas including: Functional Foods and Neutraceuticals (2005),
Functional Foods and Natural Health Products (2007); Innovation, Advanced
Technologies and Practices in the Construction and Related Industries Survey
(1998); Survey of Electronic Commerce and Technology (2000-2007); Biotechnology
Use and Development Survey (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005);
Survey of Environmental Protection Expenditures (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006);
Environment Industry Survey (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004).
Question 4 on the Survey of Advanced Technology 2007 also
included the option of acquiring technologies through merger or acquisition
of another firm with advanced technologies. This option was not included in
the 1998 survey and involves a different group of activities than
would be involved with off-the-shelf purchase, lease or licensing. It has
not been considered in this analysis.
The total of technology
purchasers, technology modifiers and technology developers is not 100%
as the remaining 0.4% of plants acquired technologies through mergers
only. The sum of the percentage of technology modifiers and technology developers
does not equal the percentage of user innovators due to rounding.
Collection for the Survey
of Advanced Technology 2007 ran from September 24, 2007 to
May 15, 2008. It should be noted that collection for the Survey
of Advanced Technology 2007 was ongoing when the quota sample for
the Follow-up to the Survey of Advanced Technology 2007 was drawn.
As a result, the quota sample of 1,750 user innovators for the Follow-up
to the Survey of Advanced Technology 2007 was 67.0% of all
user innovators identified by the Survey of Advanced Technology 2007.