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The potential contribution of small firms to innovation in the built environment

Manley, Karen, Marceau, Jane, Parker, Rachel L., & Matthews, Judy H. (2008) The potential contribution of small firms to innovation in the built environment. In 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008 : Managing in the Pacific Century, 2 – 5 December 2008, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

The methods by which small firms overcome the disadvantages of their size to implement innovation on construction projects are examined here through five case studies. It is found that such methods include working with advanced clients, prioritising relationship-building strategies and using patents to protect intellectual property. Key obstacles to innovation implementation by small firms on construction projects are found to be bias in the allocation of government business assistance and regulatory inefficiencies under federal systems of government. The study’s findings derive from a theoretical framework which emphasises firm capabilities and environment, and innovation typologies. Further research is recommended into the impact of government assistance and regulation on small innovative construction firms.

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ID Code: 17182
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Technology Innovation, Construction Industry, Small Firms, Open Innovation, Australia
ISBN: 186308-148-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Management
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2009 15:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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