Merging academic research and industry requirements for innovative construction management practices in Sri Lanka : a study on critical success factors

Hadiwattege, C, Senaratne, S, Sandanayake, YG and Fernando, NG ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0747-4703 2020, 'Merging academic research and industry requirements for innovative construction management practices in Sri Lanka : a study on critical success factors' , International Journal of Construction Education and Research .

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Access Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Construction Education and Research on 28th June 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15578771.2020.1781303.

Abstract

The application of a ‘knowledge-based economy’, which is a mainstream theory in many sectors, is rarely visible in the construction industry, especially in developing countries. Accordingly, the negative consequence of weak academic-industry interactions has created many hindrances to the development of the construction sector. Hence, it is essential to lead the construction industry toward innovations through research-informed management practices, which urges for strong academic-industry assimilation. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for research driven construction management innovations. A comprehensive literature review was carried out first and empirical data were collected from the Sri Lankan context using the mixed-research approach informed by a pragmatist philosophical stance. The perspectives of academia and industry were deductively obtained through questionnaires and inductively explored through semi-structured interviews. The findings were accumulated to a model and validated externally through expert interviews. The Model of CSFs for Research-driven Innovations (MRI) in construction management practices displays the CSFs stage-wise, concerning the actionable stakeholders. The research confirms the academic research’s potential to foster innovations in construction management practices if righteously initiated inside the innovation space, executed properly, and disseminated strategically.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Construction Education and Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1557-8771
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Depositing User: NG Fernando
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2020 09:26
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 09:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57515

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