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Construction Innovation: Addressing the Project–Product Gap in the Swedish Construction Sector
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8603-9269
Loughborough University, School of Civil and Building Engineering, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8277-3378
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Sustainability, Innovation and Management in Building (SIMB).
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2013 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Science, ISSN 1757-2223, E-ISSN 1757-2231, Vol. 5, no 1, 1-9 p.Article 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.

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Brentwood: Multi-Science Publishing, 2013. Vol. 5, no 1, 1-9 p.
Keyword [en]
Construction management, Innovation, Knowledge integration, Knowledge management
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Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-21607DOI: 10.1260/1757-2223.5.1.1Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84879297419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-21607DiVA: diva2:609899
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Innovationsprocesser i gränssnittet mellan byggmaterialtillverkning och byggproduktion
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Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2013-03-07 Created: 2013-03-07 Last updated: 2017-04-03Bibliographically approved

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