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Innovation in the construction industry: Factors, actors and the client's role
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.
2017 (English)In: Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM - 33rd Annual Conference 2017, Proceeding, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2017, p. 104-113Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Innovation in project-based organisations (PBOs), notably in the construction industry, is challenging. Based on a literature review of innovation in PBOs and three empirical cases from the construction industry, this paper explores factors and actors that affect innovation in the 'loosely-coupled' construction industry. The literature review reveals the following factors as important for innovation: solution, initiators, impact, driving forces, development and future aim. When analysing the empirical cases, findings suggest that also the number of interdependent actors affect innovation and that the client's role becomes increasingly important as the number of interdependent actors increases. On generic level tentative findings suggests that there is a difference in scale between process innovations that are systemic or non-systemic dependent upon the number of actors involved. Furthermore, these findings shape directions for future research: to develop better understanding of systemic process innovation in the construction industry; as well as to increase the understanding of how systemic process innovation can diffuse between the interdependent and fragmented actors in the construction industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2017. p. 104-113
Keyword [en]
Client, Project-based organisations, Systemic innovation, Urban development
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Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-219673Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85035314635ISBN: 9780995546318 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-219673DiVA, id: diva2:1165166
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33rd Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 4 September 2017 through 6 September 2017
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QC 20171212

Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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