A regional construction R&D evaluation system for China

Zhang, Xiaoling , Skitmore, Martin, Wu, Yuzhe , & Ye, Kunhui (2010) A regional construction R&D evaluation system for China. Construction Management and Economics, 28(12), pp. 1287-1300.

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Expenditure on R&D in the China construction industry has been relatively low in comparison with many developed countries for a number of years – a situation considered to be a major barrier to the industry’s competitiveness in general and unsatisfactory industry development of the 31 regions involved. A major problem with this is the lack of a sufficiently sophisticated method of objectively evaluating R&D activity in what are quite complex circumstances considering the size and regional differences that exist in this part of the world.

A regional construction R&D evaluation system (RCRES) is presented aimed at rectifying the situation. This is based on 12 indicators drawn from the Chinese Government’s R&D Inventory of Resources in consultation with a small group of experts in the field, and further factor analysed into three groups. From this, the required evaluation is obtained by a simple formula. Examination of the results provides a ranking list of the R&D performance of each of the 31 regions, indicating a general disproportion between coastal and inland regions and highlighting regions receiving special emphasis or currently lacking in development. The understanding on this is vital for the future of China’s construction industry.

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ID Code: 39601
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: China, construction industry, Factor Analysis, evaluation system, region, Research and Development
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.508501
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Regional Analysis and Development (120505)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Construction Management and Economics, which is available online at informaworldTM.
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2011 06:24
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 01:34

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