A recent study by the Impact Centre has shown that Canadians lag Americans in their attitudes to innovation. The study found that there are 29% more Americans than Canadians who have a strongly positive attitude towards innovation. Americans outscore us in almost every dimension of attitudes towards innovation, among managers and employees, men and women, and among all age groups
- Americans have a greater willingness to take risks.
- Canadians shy away from independence.
- It isn’t as important for Canadians to earn a lot of money.
- Canadians lack grit and perseverance when compared with Americans.
- Americans are more driven to innovate.
As Canadians, we keep telling ourselves the story that we do not compare favorably with the rest of the world in innovation. While we excel at research, getting those inventions accepted in the market has turned into a national angst, with writers everywhere opining as to what should be done in order to claim our place as world leaders.
Most studies that have been issued though, only say that we are bad at innovating and make very general recommendations about what we can do about it. They don’t say why we fail at innovation and how to fix the problem. The Impact Centre is undertaking a research program to understand why we lag so much of the developed world in our capacity to innovate and precisely what we need to do to improve.
You can get a full copy of the report here.