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The Logic of 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)
2014 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 43, no 3, 512-524 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper investigates the logic of innovation in construction by addressing four questions: What is actually being renewed in construction? How is it being done? Who is involved? Why do or do not the companies innovate? The paper draws on a combination of an industrial network perspective and the exploration–exploitation dichotomy to analyze data from a study of innovation in the Norwegian and Swedish construction industries. The findings show that construction companies are increasingly working more systematically to turn project-level ideas into company-wide knowledge. This indicates an innovation logic that is oriented towards exploitation of new combinations through the internal network. The companies are also increasingly concerned with establishing closer connections to customers and users, which have traditionally been weak. This has led to an orientation towards exploitation through the external network, at least on the customer side. In turn, this may lead to more innovative behavior and renewal in the industry as a whole. However, it requires that not only the customer relationships must change, but also relationships on the supply side. Companies in the construction industry should be conscious about their innovation logic, in terms of whether they base their innovation behavior on a biased orientation towards exploitation or exploration and towards the internal or external network. A balance is needed.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 43, no 3, 512-524 p.
Keyword [en]
innovation logic, construction, network perspective, explore, exploit
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221711DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2013.12.019ISI: 000337661300017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-221711DiVA: diva2:709948
Available from: 2014-04-03 Created: 2014-04-03 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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