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Hidden innovation in the construction and property sectors

Barrett, PS, Abbott, C, Sexton, MG and Ruddock, L 2007, 'Hidden innovation in the construction and property sectors' , RICS Research Paper Series, 7 (20) , pp. 1-21.

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The construction and property industries have a poor reputation for innovation. Indeed, this reputation appears to be backed by official statistics which projects these industries as being devoid of innovative activity. However, the reputation is undeserved. Official statistics misrepresent the extent and nature of innovation in these sectors. A closer analysis reveals that much of the innovation that exists in the sector is hidden from conventional measures. By its nature therefore, it is difficult to measure the precise extent of this innovation and disaggregate it from general improvement. This opaqueness strengthens the need for policymakers, practitioners and researchers within, amongst others, the surveying sector to go beyond the visible spectrum of innovation and design and implement appropriate policies, knowledge bases and practices which engage and leverage the hitherto hidden aspects of innovation.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: RICS Research Paper Series
Publisher: RICS
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1464-648X
Depositing User: Professor Carl Abbott
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 12:10
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:14

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