Applying the open innovation system concept to infrastructure projects

Manley, Karen, Rose, Timothy M., & Matthews, Judy H. (2010) Applying the open innovation system concept to infrastructure projects. In Proceedings of the Melbourne 2010 Knowledge Cities World Summit, World Capital Institute, City of Melbourne and Office of Knowledge Capital, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, pp. 417-427.

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Purpose: The goal of this conceptual paper is to provide tools to help maximise the value delivered by infrastructure projects, by developing methods to increase adoption of innovative products during construction.

Methods: The role of knowledge flows in determining innovation adoption rates is conceptually examined. A promising new approach is developed. Open innovation system theory is extended, by reviewing the role of three frameworks: (1) knowledge intermediaries, (2) absorptive capacity and (3) governance arrangements.

Originality: We develop a novel open innovation system model to guide further research in the area of adoption of innovation on infrastructure projects. The open innovation system model currently lacks definition of core concepts, especially with regard to the impact of different degrees and types of openness. The three frameworks address this issue and add substance to the open innovation system model, addressing widespread criticism that it is underdeveloped.

The novelty of our model is in the combination of the three frameworks to explore the system. These frameworks promise new insights into system dynamics and facilitate the development of new methods to optimise the diffusion of innovation.

Practical Implications: The framework will help to reveal gaps in knowledge flows that impede the uptake of innovations. In the past, identifying these gaps has been difficult given the lack of nuance in existing theory. The knowledge maps proposed will enable informed policy advice to effectively harness the power of knowledge networks, increase innovation diffusion and improve the performance of infrastructure projects. The models developed in this paper will be used in planned empirical research into innovation on large scale infrastructure projects in the Australian built environment.

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ID Code: 38738
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: innovation, absorptive capacity, infrastructure projects, construction industry, built environment
ISBN: 978-0-646-54655-1
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: 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
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Deposited On: 23 Nov 2010 00:30
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