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Appropriate innovation in small construction firms

Sexton, MG and Barrett, PS 2003, 'Appropriate innovation in small construction firms' , Construction Management and Economics, 21 (6) , pp. 623-633.

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    Abstract

    Innovation-led performance improvement in the construction industry is significantly influenced by the innovation performance of small firms. There is a dearth of research investigating innovation from the perspective of the small construction firm. This paper contributes to this underdeveloped area by offering relevant empirically based results. The findings stress the important role that owners of firms play in successful innovation. The type of innovation undertaken, and the different organizational factors which are brought into play, is shown to depend on the characteristics of the interaction environment in which the firm is operating. Small construction firms need to incrementally nurture, or identify and move into, supportive enabling interaction environments. This is achieved through an integrated development of a firm’s business strategy and market positioning, organization of work, technology and people. The process of innovation is demonstrated to be subject to cyclical peaks and troughs as the progress of the innovation competes with day-to-day pressures. Small construction firms have their own distinctive characteristics, which are profoundly different from those of large construction firms. The implication for policy is that

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Built environment, business & management, construction industry, construction management, economics, construction, innovation, small firms, research results
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
    Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
    Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
    Built and Human Environment
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
    Journal or Publication Title: Construction Management and Economics
    Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 01446193
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2007 16:23
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/645

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