Against the odds : small firms successfully introducing new technology on construction projects

Manley, Karen (2008) Against the odds : small firms successfully introducing new technology on construction projects. Research Policy, 37(10), pp. 1751-1764.

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The methods by which small firms overcome the disadvantages of their size to implement innovation on construction projects are examined through five Australian 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 conceptual 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: 18505
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Construction projects, Technology, Small firms, Innovation typologies, Innovation implementation
DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2008.07.013
ISSN: 0048-7333
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elseiver
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 01:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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