hh.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Innovation Diffusion in the Construction Sector
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7585-0718
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Text
Abstract [en]

Innovation and development are the backbone of a thriving market economy. It is through innovations of various kinds that nations, industries and companies compete. Many actions in areas internationally and nationally will affect the construction sector. Research into construction innovation has attracted increasing interest. There have been studies ranging from how national research policies support construction innovations to how projects should be organised. One general conclusion is that the level of innovation needs to be improved. There is a need to assess the potential barriers and enablers to achieving a better diffusion of innovations in construction. The overall aim of the research is to increase knowledge of the factors creating successful development, implementation and diffusion of innovations in the construction sector. More specifically, the research aims to understand where the usefulness and weaknesses exist in applying established innovation theory, particularly in regard to diffusion, within the Swedish construction context with the further aim of identifying a suitable basis for creating a shared understanding among stakeholders of the innovation process at work.

A conceptual model for improving the existing situation was developed using contextualised innovation and diffusion theories. The model was tested using the findings in several supporting papers. It was found that actions in line with the conceptual model would enhance the probability of successful diffusion. The research has also investigated national policies, innovation brokerage and (research and) development projects in Sweden and found systemic weakness in the innovation process. The research has also found that tools of analysis not normally associated with the research problem in the construction domain can be used to provide improved insights to policy makers, innovation brokers and development managers. Significant in this regard is the criticality of communication vertically within the supply chain and laterally amongst suppliers with respect to specific innovations, such that diffusion becomes a normal and, therefore, integral feature of construction activity. The tools of analysis identified and adopted in the research can be used directly by policy makers, innovation brokers and development managers to lead to a shared understanding of barriers and enablers to innovation and a basis for continual improvement. In this connection, causal loop diagrams can aid in assessing the type of organisations needed in communication. Shortcomings in communication can, to a certain extent, also be mitigated by innovation brokers.

Abstract [sv]

Innovation är ryggraden i en fungerande marknadsekonomi. Det är genom innovationer som nationer, industrisektorer och företag konkurrerar. Det sker mycket både internationellt och nationellt som påverkar den svenska byggsektorn, vilket både ställer krav och skapar möjlighet för sektorn att förändras. Forskning kring innovationer i byggandet har mött ett ökat intresse de senaste decennierna. Forskning om innovationsprocesser i byggsektorn har hitintills fokuserat på att förbättra utvecklingen av innovationer, så som nya produkter, processer eller tjänster. Det finns ett behov av att även utvärdera möjligheter och hinder för att nå en bättre spridning av innovationer i byggsektorn, vilket inte gjorts i någon större utsträckning tidigare. Det övergripande syftet med detta arbete är att öka kunskapen kring de faktorer som ger lyckad utveckling, implementering och spridning av innovationer i byggsektorn. Mer specifikt, forskningsprojektet syftar till att skapa en förståelse för användbarheten i etablerade innovationsteorier men också visa på svagheter med dessa modeller, speciellt i förhållande till spridning. Syftet är också att skapa en gemensam förståelse bland intressenterna i innovationsprocessen.

En konceptuell modell utvecklades för att förbättra den nuvarande situationen och för att hitta metoder till ökad spriding av innovationer i byggsektorn och överbrygga svårigheten att använda existerande, traditionell innovations- och spridningsteori. Modellen testades med resultaten från ett antal artiklar. Slutsatsen är att aktiviteter i linje med den konceptuella modellen ökar sannolikheten för lyckad spridning. Systematiska svagheter i innovationsprocessen upptäcktes. Verktyg som de som formulerar och fastställer policyn, innovationsmäklare (innovation brokers) och utvecklingschefer kan använda för att öka förståelsen har också hittats. Forskningen visar att vertikal och horisontal kommunikation i leverantörskedjan är viktigt så att spridning blir en norm och därmed en integrerad del i byggandet. I det sammanhanget är "causal loop diagrams" ett verktyg som kan användas för att utvärdera vilka typer av organisationer, med vilka kommunikation är nödvändigt för en specifik innovation. I de fall det är svårt att uppnå tillfredställande kommunikation med berörda organisationer kan innovationsmäklare fungera som en mellanhand.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Division of Construction Management, Lund Institute of Technology , 2006. , 69 p.
Series
Construction management publications, ISSN 1651-0380
Keyword [en]
Anläggningsteknik, Construction technology, Industriell ekonomi, Commercial and industrial economics, Construction Sector, Innovation, Diffusion
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30657ISBN: 91-85257-93-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30657DiVA: diva2:916287
Public defence
2006-10-25, Lecture hall V:C, John Ericssons väg 1, Lund, 13:15
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

ISRN: LUTVDG/TVBP--06/1024--SE

Available from: 2016-07-14 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. Public Policies and Innovation in the Construction Industry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Public Policies and Innovation in the Construction Industry
2006 (English)In: Clients Driving Construction Innovation: Moving Ideas into Practice / [ed] Kerry Brown, Keith Hampson, Peter Brandon & Janet Pillay, Brisbane, Qld.: CRC Press, 2006, 275-280 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brisbane, Qld.: CRC Press, 2006
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30653 (URN)1-7410712-8-3 (ISBN)9781741071283 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-01 Created: 2016-04-01 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
3. Innovation brokers in the Swedish construction sector
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation brokers in the Swedish construction sector
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As demand on the construction sector to improve has grown in many countries an increasing understanding of the complexity of the national innovation system has developed. in other industrial sectors, with similar complexity, the concept and the importance of innovation brokers has been identified. This concept is examined here in the context of the Swedish construction sector. A number of organisational types, acting as innovation brokers, have been identified. There are no organisations acting as innovation brokers solemnly and their level of independency can to some extent be questioned. This may not be a problem as such; because of the construction innovation system in Sweden varies from the innovation systems from where the concept of innovation brokers has been identified.

Keyword
construction, innovation, innovation systems, innovation brokerage
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31634 (URN)
Available from: 2016-07-14 Created: 2016-07-14 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
4. Diffusion characteristics of private sector financed innovation in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Diffusion characteristics of private sector financed innovation in Sweden
2007 (English)In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 25, no 5, 467-475 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although construction is considered to be slow in adopting new technology and new processes, innovation, research and development are performed routinely. Nonetheless, knowledge about what affects the diffusion of research results - in the context of innovations - is incomplete, limiting the effectiveness of procedures designed to evaluate project proposals. The aim is to examine the factors that can influence the diffusion of results, in this case from externally funded construction innovation projects. A Fisher's exact test is performed on six concepts derived from general innovation theory which are tested on 20 development projects. The test is used to establish the significance of the six concepts and their applicability to construction-related innovation. The results reveal support for all six concepts, although only four of them attract a high level of significance. External lateral and vertical communication and external integration during the development phase are shown to increase the chances of successful diffusion and should therefore be assessed in project proposals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2007
Keyword
Innovation theory, construction innovation, development, diffusion, adoption
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30652 (URN)10.1080/01446190601089104 (DOI)2-s2.0-34249711340 (ScopusID)
Available from: 2016-04-01 Created: 2016-04-01 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
5. Modelling the causes and effects of problems in the construction process
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modelling the causes and effects of problems in the construction process
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The construction process is faced with many challenges, not least dealing with concerns over an adversarial culture, weak suppliers integration and variable quality. With its different levels and numerous participants, the process can be a complex affair. There is a need to understand how the different elements of the process relate to, and effect, each other. The paper presents an analysis of the relationships between certain of these elements, by treating the construction process in a system' context. The particular use of casual loop diagrams to help improve understanding of the interdependences between elements that are considered to the problematic is explored. These diagrams can be used to identify connections of importance when seeking solutions and examples of their use are presented. They show the relationships between problems and those factors that may reinforce or balance one another. The approach advocated in this paper provides tentative steps towards unravelling some of the complexity that obscure the root cause of problems inherent in the process.

Keyword
construction process, systems approach, modeling, cause and effect, casual loop diagrams, interlinked problems
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31636 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research
Available from: 2016-07-14 Created: 2016-07-14 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Widén, Kristian
Construction Management

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Total: 73 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf