Innovation in Road Building: Removing Obstacles for Diffusion of Novel Building Products

Rose, Timothy M. & Manley, Karen (2015) Innovation in Road Building: Removing Obstacles for Diffusion of Novel Building Products. In Orstavik, Finn, Dainty, Andrew, & Abbott, Carl (Eds.) Construction Innovation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, United Kingdom, pp. 135-148.

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How can obstacles to innovation be overcome in road construction? Using a focus group methodology, and based on two prior rounds of empirical work, the analysis in this chapter generates a set of four key solutions to two main construction innovation obstacles: (1) restrictive tender assessment and (2) disagreement over who carries the risk of new product failure. The four key solutions uncovered were: 1) pre-project product certification; 2) past innovation performance assessment; 3) earlier involvement of product suppliers and road asset operators; and 4) performance-based specifications. Additional research is suggested in order to illicit deeper insights into possible solutions to construction innovation obstacles, and should emphasise furthering the theoretical interpretation of empirical phenomena.

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ID Code: 86641
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Construction, Innovation, Building products, Road building, Australia
ISBN: 9781118655535
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 > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2015 03:12
Last Modified: 24 May 2016 11:01

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