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Public Policy and Industry Views on Innovation in Construction
Department of Strategy and Logistics, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo. (Centre for the Construction Industry)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History, Science and Technology Studies Center. (Centre for Science and Technology Studies)
2011 (English)In: The IMP Journal, ISSN 0809-7259, Vol. 5, no 3, 157-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In several countries, governmental agencies have long expressed their concerns about the construction industry's performance, its low productivity and inability to innovate. At the same time public funding of construction-related research and development (R&D) has been reduced, and the responsibility for improving performance transferred to the industry. Drawing on a study on the Swedish and Norwegian construction industries, this paper investigates public policy and industry views on construction innovation, and compares these views with recent theoretical conceptions of innovation, from a network perspective. The findings reveal that the governmental bodies facilitating and funding construction R&D, and the construction industry itself, display partly different views on innovation, both in terms of what innovation actually means and what spurs innovation in this particular setting. The contribution of the paper is twofold: firstly, it reveals different views and discusses their implications for innovative behaviour, and secondly, it suggests some key policy and managerial implications of the study from a network perspective of the business landscape.

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The IMP Group , 2011. Vol. 5, no 3, 157-171 p.
Keyword [en]
Construction industry, public policy, innovation, interactive approach
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166543DiVA: diva2:476798
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2012-02-01Bibliographically approved

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