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  • 1.
    Larsson, Bengt
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Sundqvist, Jan
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Emmitt, Stephen
    Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.
    Component manufacturers' perceptions of managing innovation2006In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 34, no 6, p. 552-564Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

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    Sundqvist, Jan
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Larsson, Bengt
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
    Lindahl, Göran
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Cooperation in the building sector between building - material manufacturers and contractors to develop products2007In: The Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, ISSN 1445-2634, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 46-54Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous research has indicated that poor cooperation has dominated the relationship between building-material manufacturers and contractors in Europe for more than a century. The purpose of this study, based on earlier research by the authors, analysis of data and reference to other studies, is to ascertain whether the previous indication of poor cooperation still applies and whether this, subsequently, affects the development of new construction products, based on the premise that development demands product ideas in order to know what to develop as well as cooperation in order to facilitate this development. Semi structured interviews with ten Swedish and two Danish building-material manufacturers were carried out to investigate the extent to which they cooperate with contractors to develop new products. None of the twelve building-material manufactures were found to cooperate with contractors, but rather with other manufac-turers. Cooperation in the building industry still seems to be poor. The findings show that there is a need for further studies in this area to explore ways in which cooperation can be improved or increased.

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