Demonstrating the benefits of construction innovation

Manley, Karen, Blayse, Aletha Marie, & McFallan, Stephen (2005) Demonstrating the benefits of construction innovation. In Creating an Entrepreneurial Economy: The Role of Enterprise and Innovation’, International Research Conference., 7 – 8 July, 2005, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.


The construction industry needs to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. However, change is not readily embraced by the industry. This resistance to change compromises innovation performance, and negatively impacts client and industry goals. One of the key reasons for relatively poor construction industry performance is scepticism about the potential benefits of innovation, particularly among small and medium-sized businesses. This paper investigates the links between innovation and project performance, with a view to demonstrating the benefits that can be achieved. It offers case study evidence of the tangible, monetary benefits of innovation to businesses. The paper is based on innovation case studies in the Australian construction industry undertaken in 2003. It concludes with a discussion of the distribution of innovation benefits and the impact on incentive structures. In future research the results will be interpreted more widely, by undertaking a comprehensive integrative analysis of existing academic literature on construction innovation benefits.

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ID Code: 7307
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Innovation benefits, innovation drivers, construction industry culture, innovation case study, 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 > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > CRC Construction Innovation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
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Deposited On: 02 May 2007 00:00
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