Construction innovation and public policy in Australia

Hampson, Keith D. & Manley, Karen (2001) Construction innovation and public policy in Australia. In Manseau, Andre & Seaden, George (Eds.) Innovation in Construction : An International Review of Public Policies. Spon Press (Taylor & Francis), London, pp. 31-57.

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Over the past few years there has been rapidly growing interest in developing a more robust, internationally competitive construction sector in Australia. All major stakeholders are involved in associated initiatives - industry, government, research sector and interest groups. There has been a significant improvement in the level and quality of communication between major stakeholders which is yielding initiatives that promise to lift future sector performance. However, it is early days yet and concrete improvements are modest at this stage. The performance of Australia's construction sector remains far short of its potential. Australia's construction sector operates against a background of industry fragmentation, intense competition, falling profits and new challenges including IT advancements; increasing public interest in environmental protection; increasing demand for packaged construction services; and moves toward private-sector funding of public infrastructure. Innovation and innovative behaviour are seen as key opportunities to raise the sector's performance and meet new challenges. However, to date, innovation in the Australian construction sector has been marked by poor innovation levels, government programs of limited effectiveness and poor uptake of those innovation programs that are available.

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ID Code: 7931
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details :
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Keywords: Innovation, competition, construction industry, Australia
ISBN: 9780415254786
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Spon Press (Taylor & Francis)
Deposited On: 30 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 07:53

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