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Digital skills contribute to innovation boost

Norway’s intensive use of digital technologies could explain why the country has one of the highest productivity levels in the world despite a low level of R&D spending, a report has found.

The report by Marina Rybalka, a researcher at Norway’s SSB statistics agency, states that digital technologies are one of the most important factors behind high labour productivity in Norway. The study was published on 26 May to examine innovation and productivity in the manufacturing and service sectors.

The study found that digital technology usage, along with R&D spending and a highly skilled labour force, all promote innovation and productivity. The study found that spending in digital technologies per employee has a “clear positive correlation” with innovation, and that an organisation’s high digital capacity has a stronger positive effect on labour productivity than on innovation.

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