In this edition of the Internationalisation Monitor, the key focus is on the relationship between internationalisation and innovation. Dutch companies and institutions spent more than 13.6 billion euros on R&D in 2015, which was 2.7 percent up from 2014. Large enterprises earn around 11 percent of their turnover from sales of new or significantly improved products for their business or for the market. R&D provides new knowledge which can lead to innovations, in other words (practical) applications of new insights. For example, by utilising the available factors of production, labour and capital, in a different or ‘smarter’ way, or by improving products and services. This makes innovation an important source of technological advancement, economic growth and prosperity.
The Internationalisation Monitor describes trends in internationalisation and their consequences for the Dutch economy and society. It is a quarterly publication as part of CBS’ Globalisation development and publication programme, which is commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The aim of this research on Globalisation is to arrive at new insights in the field of globalisation in order to contribute to practices, policy making and science. At the core of the approach is the integration of a wide range of sources and already available microdata, combined with the application of advanced statistical methods such as I/O analysis. The ensuing results, i.e. newly developed statistics and accompanying analyses, are being published in the Internationalisation Monitor.