A hierarchical structural model of assessing innovation and project performance

Dulaimi, Mohammed Fadhil, Nepal, Madhav Prasad, & Park, Moonseo (2005) A hierarchical structural model of assessing innovation and project performance. Construction Management and Economics, 23(6), pp. 565-577.

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Abstract

Research in construction innovation highlights construction industry as having many barriers and resistance to innovations and suggests that it needs champions. A hierarchical structural model is presented, to assess the impact of the role of the project manager (PM) on the levels of innovation and project performance.

The model adopts the structural equation modelling technique and uses the survey data collected from PMs and project team members working for general contractors in Singapore. The model fits well to the observed data, accounting for 24%, 37% and 49% of the variance in championing behaviour, the level of innovation and project performance, respectively.

The results of this study show the importance of the championing role of PMs in construction innovation. However, in order to increase their effectiveness, such a role should be complemented by their competency and professionalism, tactical use of influence tactics, and decision authority. Moreover, senior management should provide adequate resources and a sustained support to innovation and create a conducive environment or organizational culture that nurtures and facilitates the PM’s role in the construction project as a champion of innovation.

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ID Code: 58423
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Champions, innovation, organizational climate, project manager
DOI: 10.1080/01446190500126684
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Personality Abilities and Assessment (170109)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Construction Management and Economics, 23(6), [2005], [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446190500126684
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2013 02:00
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2013 23:57

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