Assessing the value of different business strategies to innovation by firms in the construction industry

Manley, Karen, McFallan, Stephen, Swainston, Mike, & Kajewski, Stephen L. (2008) Assessing the value of different business strategies to innovation by firms in the construction industry. In The 4th IEEE International Conference of Management of Innovation and Technology, 21-24 September 2008, Bangkok, Thailand.

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This original empirical research was conducted to explore the relationship between business strategies and innovation implementation by project-based firms. The relative importance of five types of business strategies was assessed, concerning: (1) employees, (2) marketing, (3) technology, (4) knowledge and (5) relationships. Analysis was based on a major survey of the Australian construction industry, as an example of a project-based industry. Marketing strategies were found to be least important to innovation outcomes, across the five strategy types. The individual business strategies having the greatest impact on innovation involved (1) investing in R&D (2) participating in partnering and alliances on projects (3) ensuring project learnings are transferred into continuous business processes (4) monitoring international best practice and (5) recruiting new graduates.

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ID Code: 18537
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: business strategies, project-based firms, construction industry, innovation implementation, Australia
DOI: 10.1109/ICMIT.2008.4654431
ISBN: 978-1-4244-2330-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 IEEE
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Deposited On: 09 Mar 2009 01:42
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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