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Innovation in the Construction Process: A Theoretical Framework
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7585-0718
2002 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Abstract [en]

The demands on the construction industry can be met either by fulfilling them by applying existing knowledge and solutions or by creating something new. Trying to meet demands with existing knowledge and solutions is only possible to a certain point, beyond which it is necessary to create something new.

This thesis aims to create a theoretical framework for new forms of co-operation that encourage innovative procedures. The theoretical framework is based on innovation theories.

Findings suggest that motivation to innovate is important. It is mainly the client who can provide the incentives for innovation, while it is mainly a malfunctioning process that breaks them down. The process is very much the result of the forms of co-operation used. In the comparison between the construction process and the innovation process eight aspects are found, which are directly influenced by how the co-operation forms are function, namely, allowing the actors to be involved during an extended period of every project, communication, contractual incentives to encourage innovation, early involvement of the different parties, learning, relationship and co-operation with other parties, risk and reward, and support for the idea of longer relationships between the actors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Division of Construction Management, Lund Institute of Technology , 2002. , 56, 15, 16, 16 p.
Series
Construction management publications, ISSN 1651-0380
Keyword [en]
Innovation
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30665Libris ID: 9623855ISBN: 91-631-2570-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30665DiVA: diva2:916269
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Funder
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research
Note

Funding: SSF, SBUF & Malmö-Lunds Byggmästareförening

Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-04-01 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Encouraging innovation through new approaches to procurement
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Encouraging innovation through new approaches to procurement
2003 (English)In: Construction Process Improvement / [ed] Brian Atkin, Jan Borgbrant & Per-Erik Josephson, Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 2003, 143-153 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 2003
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30666 (URN)10.1002/9780470690697.ch12 (DOI)0-632-06462-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-01 Created: 2016-04-01 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
2. The Construction Process; a Systems Approach
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The construction process is believed to have problems. The causes suspected and their solutions have been put forward, but the problems in the construction process have not disappeared. The primary aim of this article is to show that many of the problems perceived are interlinked in a system and that this is one of the reasons that the solutions have not had the expected impact. A systems approach, with reinforcing and balancing causal loop diagrams, has been used to show this. A secondary aim is to give some recommendations for the improvement of the construction process. The article first investigates how to fulfil the goals of a project and solve the problems perceived of the construction process. The main findings are that the systems approach gives a useful understanding of the interconnections between some of the perceived problems and that in some cases it is not enough to change only the most obvious cause of the problem. The causal loop diagrams clearly show that the reinforcing loops are balanced by balancing loops. These are good as they will hinder negative reinforcing loops from becoming vicious, but bad as they may hinder a positive development of the reinforcing loops.

National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31794 (URN)
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
3. Innovation in the Construction Process; a comparison with Complex Product Systems
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Innovations in construction materials and components are made without being integrated with other materials and components. It is not even enough with innovations only in construction materials and components. This paper is mainly a literature study of research regarding Complex Product Systems (CoPS) and the construction process. The construction process can be compared with theories concerning another context, as in the case of theories of CoPS. According to theory, one problem in a construction process is that solving single issues is not adequate as the required result is often influenced by other issues, confounding the expected outcome. CoPS focuses on system design, knowledge transfer, cross co-operation interactions and communication, and skills and knowledge. It is necessary that these focus work well to achieve an innovation process. Using traditional forms of cooperation, these areas often pose problems in the construction process. The forms of co-operation, which have greater potential than others, are those that do not separate design from production.

Keyword
Construction process, innovation process, systems, CoPS
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31795 (URN)
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved

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