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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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    Abstract

    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: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
    Journal or Publication Title: RICS Research Paper Series
    Publisher: RICS
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1464-648X
    Depositing User: C Abbott
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 13:10
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:14
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18373

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