Innovation adoption behaviour in the construction sector : the case of the Queensland road industry

Manley, Karen & McFallan, Stephen (2003) Innovation adoption behaviour in the construction sector : the case of the Queensland road industry. In 2nd International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction., 25-27 June, 2003, Loughborough University, United Kingdom.


This paper examines ‘imitative’ innovation, which involves the adoption of innovations that are new to a particular business, rather than new to the world. The paper is based on a survey of over 200 participants in the Australian road industry, in the state of Queensland. The survey covered clients, contractors, consultants and suppliers. Innovation directions and levels were measured via adoption patterns, based on a list of technologies and advanced practices presented in the survey questionnaire. The research investigated innovation rates, types, success, impact, drivers, strategies, and obstacles.

The paper commences by exploring the term ‘innovation’, before describing and analysing empirical data from the study. The evidence presented points to the:

• importance of innovation to business success; • importance of people-centred/non-technical innovation processes; • role played by inadequate resources and perceived risk in impeding innovation activity; • importance of clients in ‘driving’ innovation activity; and • the usefulness of active evaluation systems in maximising the benefits of innovation.

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ID Code: 7292
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project 2001-012-A : Innovation Potential, Directions and Implementation in the Building and Construction Product System BRITE
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified (090599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
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Deposited On: 03 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:02

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