Measurement constructs to explore innovation diffusion in construction

Rose, Timothy M. & Manley, Karen (2012) Measurement constructs to explore innovation diffusion in construction. In Kashiwagi, Dean & Sullivan, Kenneth (Eds.) Proceedings of the Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Arizona State University, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, pp. 354-362.

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Although the drivers of innovation have been studied extensively in construction, greater attention is required on how innovation diffusion can be effectively assessed within this complex and interdependent project-based industry. The authors draw on a highly cited innovation diffusion model by Rogers (2006) and develop a tailored conceptual framework to guide future empirical work aimed at assessing innovation diffusion in construction. The conceptual framework developed and discussed in this paper supports a five-stage process model of innovation diffusion namely: 1) knowledge and idea generation, 2) persuasion and evaluation; 3) decision to adopt, 4) integration and implementation, and 5) confirmation. As its theoretical contribution, this paper proposes three critical measurements constructs which can be used to assess the effectiveness of the diffusion process. These measurement constructs comprise: 1) nature and introduction of an innovative idea, 2) organizational capacity to acquire, assimilate, transform and exploit an innovation, and 3) rates of innovation facilitation and adoption. The constructs are interpreted in the project-based context of the construction industry, extending the contribution of general management theorists. Research planned by the authors will test the validity and reliability of the constructs developed in this paper.

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ID Code: 55382
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Construction Projects, Diffusion Process, Innovation
ISBN: 9781842198407
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 RICS and ASU
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2012 02:36
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 13:43

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