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Lindgren, J., Emmitt, S. & Widén, K. (2018). Construction projects as mechanisms for knowledge integration: mechanisms and effects when diffusing a systemic innovation. Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 25(11), 1516-1533
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Construction projects as mechanisms for knowledge integration: mechanisms and effects when diffusing a systemic innovation
2018 (English)In: Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, ISSN 0969-9988, E-ISSN 1365-232X, Vol. 25, no 11, p. 1516-1533Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The aim of this research is to study knowledge integration (KI) when diffusing a systemic innovation. The objectives are to understand what mechanisms are used, and when and what their effects are in terms of knowledge development.

Design/Methodology/Approach - The method comprised a longitudinal case study which followed a firm’s attempts to develop and diffuse a timber multi-storey building system (the systemic innovation) over a number of projects.

Findings - The findings emphasize actual projects as the most crucial activity for KI and when and why soft personalization mechanisms and codified knowledge should be mixed.  Furthermore, it shows how different types of knowledge is built up including construction process effects over a series of projects.

Research limitations/implications -  The research contributes with knowledge about mechanisms for the diffusion of a specific systemic innovation type and provides input regarding mechanisms to use. The introduction of the concepts ‘domain-specific’, ‘procedural’ and ‘general knowledge’ into construction has increased understanding of innovation diffusion and knowledge flows and where and how they are integrated.

Practical Implications – The research shows how knowledge develops and through which mechanisms, and where problems occur. Construction organisations can learn from this to avoid mistakes and potentially better understand how to manage knowledge to diffuse a systemic innovation.

Originality/value - The research provides insight into systemic innovation diffusion over a series of projects and focuses on both projects and the construction process. © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
Keywords
Knowledge management, Innovation, Case study
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36247 (URN)10.1108/ECAM-02-2017-0022 (DOI)000447885000006 ()2-s2.0-85055321245 (Scopus ID)
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Available from: 2018-02-08 Created: 2018-02-08 Last updated: 2018-11-27Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, J. & Emmitt, S. (2017). Diffusion of a systemic innovation: A longitudinal case study of a Swedish multi-storey timber housebuilding system. Construction Innovation, 17(1), 25-44
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Diffusion of a systemic innovation: A longitudinal case study of a Swedish multi-storey timber housebuilding system
2017 (English)In: Construction Innovation, ISSN 1471-4175, E-ISSN 1477-0857, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 25-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to identify factors that influence the diffusion of a systemic innovation in the Swedish construction sector. The focus is on high-rise multi-storey timber housing; the development of which was enabled by a change in building regulations. This allowed building higher than two stories in timber.

Design/methodology/approach - A longitudinal case study was used with multiple data collection methods to study the development and diffusion of a multi-storey timber house system by a case study organisation.

Findings - The findings contribute to understanding for a number of interacting factors influencing the diffusion of a systemic innovation related to the case study organisation.

Originality/value - The research provides a holistic view of interacting factors influencing the diffusion of a systemic innovation. The results have value to the Swedish construction sector and to the global community of construction researchers, as it provides empirical findings that further increase the understanding for diffusion of systemic innovations in a specific context. 

© Emerald Publishing Limited

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017
Keywords
Sweden, Case study, Diffusion, Multi-storey housebuilding, Systemic innovation, Timber construction
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35607 (URN)10.1108/CI-11-2015-0061 (DOI)000413356900003 ()2-s2.0-85008441692 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2018-02-08Bibliographically approved
Hjort, B., Lindgren, J., Larsson, B. & Emmit, S. (2014). Success Factors Related to Industrialized Building in Sweden. In: Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Les Ruddock, Kaushal Keraminiyage, Udayangani Kulatunga & Chaminda Pathirage (Ed.), CIB International Conference 2014: W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/74/81/83: Construction in a Changing World: Book of Abstracts. Paper presented at International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, 4-7 May, 2014, Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Salford: School of the Built Environment, University of Salford
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Success Factors Related to Industrialized Building in Sweden
2014 (English)In: CIB International Conference 2014: W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/74/81/83: Construction in a Changing World: Book of Abstracts / [ed] Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Les Ruddock, Kaushal Keraminiyage, Udayangani Kulatunga & Chaminda Pathirage, Salford: School of the Built Environment, University of Salford , 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the last decade there has been intense discussion in Sweden about industrialization in construction. The discussion has focused on industrialization in connection with erection of multi dwelling houses. It has been argued that industrialization is a key factor as regards obtaining affordable high-quality dwellings. During the last ten years some new industrialization concepts have been developed and tested. Even though some concepts have failed others have been more successful and are under further development. Industrialization is a reality within the Swedish construction sector and can be assumed to play an important role in the future as regards obtaining affordable high-quality dwellings. In this paper success factors related to four industrialized building concepts/methods are described and discussed. The review is based on available literature relating to each of the concepts/methods/producers, from which it was possible to ascertain success and failure factors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Salford: School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, 2014
Keywords
Dwellings, failure factors, industrialization, prefabrication, success factors
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27119 (URN)978-1-907842-54-2 (ISBN)1907842543 (ISBN)
Conference
International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, 4-7 May, 2014, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Projects
Innovation processes in the interface beteween building material production and construction
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2014-11-28 Created: 2014-11-26 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Emmitt, S. (2013). Architectural Technology: Research & practice (1ed.). Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Architectural Technology: Research & practice
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. p. 249 Edition: 1
Keywords
Architectural Technology, Research
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-23041 (URN)10.1002/9781118292365 (DOI)2-s2.0-84891583561 (Scopus ID)978-1118292068 (ISBN)1118292065 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-06-23 Created: 2013-06-23 Last updated: 2015-10-15Bibliographically approved
Emmitt, S. & Kirti, R. (2013). Collaborative Design Management (Firsted.). Oxford: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collaborative Design Management
2013 (English)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Routledge, 2013. p. 160 Edition: First
Keywords
Design Management, Collaborative working
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-23042 (URN)9780415620758 (ISBN)9780415620741 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-06-23 Created: 2013-06-23 Last updated: 2015-10-15Bibliographically approved
Rundquist, J., Emmitt, S., Halila, F., Hjort, B. & Larsson, B. (2013). Construction Innovation: Addressing the Project–Product Gap in the Swedish Construction Sector. International Journal of Innovation Science, 5(1), 1-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Construction Innovation: Addressing the Project–Product Gap in the Swedish Construction Sector
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2013 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Science, ISSN 1757-2223, E-ISSN 1757-2231, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The construction sector is often accused of being inefficient, conservative and noninnovative, although some commentators have suggested that the construction sector is not backward, it is merely different to other industries. One of these differences is the uniqueness of construction projects, which are determined by the characteristics of the site, interaction of project participants (also partly site specific) and the relationship between contractors and building product producers (which changes from one project to another). These factors are known to colour construction innovation. Previous research into the Swedish construction sector has identified a significant gap between the building product producers who are 'product focused' and the contractors who are 'project focused', with concerns expressed about effectiveness of communication between two. The findings of previous research imply, both implicitly and explicitly, that this gap may be hindering innovation within the construction sector. This appears to have implications for those concerned with construction, the building users and society as a whole. In this paper the authors provide an extensive review of the literature and research findings from which a number of unique insights are offered. The reasons for the gap between producers and contractors are discussed and a number of innovative measures are proposed that may help to bridge the gap, and hence improve innovation systems. The paper concludes with some practical findings for producers and contractors as well as some thoughts on where future research should be targeted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brentwood: Multi-Science Publishing, 2013
Keywords
Construction management, Innovation, Knowledge integration, Knowledge management
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-21607 (URN)10.1260/1757-2223.5.1.1 (DOI)2-s2.0-84879297419 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Innovationsprocesser i gränssnittet mellan byggmaterialtillverkning och byggproduktion
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2013-03-07 Created: 2013-03-07 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Emmitt, S. (2013). Research processes and practicalities (1ed.). In: Emmitt, Stephen (Ed.), Architectural Technology: Research & Practice (pp. 231-246). Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Research processes and practicalities
2013 (English)In: Architectural Technology: Research & Practice / [ed] Emmitt, Stephen, Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 1, p. 231-246Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013 Edition: 1
Keywords
Research, research processes, research practicalities
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-23044 (URN)10.1002/9781118292365.ch6 (DOI)2-s2.0-84886162438 (Scopus ID)978-1118292068 (ISBN)1118292065 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-06-23 Created: 2013-06-23 Last updated: 2015-10-15Bibliographically approved
Larsson, B., Sundqvist, J. & Emmitt, S. (2006). Component manufacturers' perceptions of managing innovation. Building Research & Information, 34(6), 552-564
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Component manufacturers' perceptions of managing innovation
2006 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 34, no 6, p. 552-564Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Building component manufacturers are an important player in the construction sector. Manufacturers are involved in research and development activities, bringing new products to market in an attempt to maintain and improve market share. They rely on the specifiers (architects and engineers) and purchasers (contractors’ buyers) for the implementation of their products. Thus communication between component manufacturer and specifier/buyer is important for continued sales and for ensuring feedback into new product development. The role of the component manufacturer is different to other actors because they are product orientated, not project orientated. The aim of the research was to look at component manufacturers’ perception of their role in the innovation process. Base information was taken from part of a large benchmarking study conducted in Sweden. This helped to identify a small number of established component manufacturers located in a large geographical area of Sweden suitable for further investigation. Information about ten manufacturers was collected and interviews were conducted with their managing directors. The interviews revealed considerable variation in the manufacturers’ perception of their position in the innovation process, their approach to new product development and interaction with their customers. Manufacturers were then graded according to their benchmarking and innovation procedures, which helped to illustrate a link between communication and information sharing practices, benchmarking and innovation. The main findings are that the more innovative companies use information and benchmarking activities to their benefit. The more innovative companies have established a balance between innovations in process and product, have clear direction from their managing director and engage in regular communication with their customers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2006
Keywords
Benchmarking, Building component manufacturer, Communication, Information, Innovation process.
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1866 (URN)10.1080/09613210600822253 (DOI)000242772400004 ()2-s2.0-33750311233 (Scopus ID)2082/2261 (Local ID)2082/2261 (Archive number)2082/2261 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-09 Created: 2008-09-09 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
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