A literature synthesis of innovation in small construction firms: insights, ambiguities and questions

Sexton, MG and Barrett, PS 2003, 'A literature synthesis of innovation in small construction firms: insights, ambiguities and questions' , Construction Management and Economics, 21 (6) , pp. 613-622.

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Construction firms are being challenged to be more adept at successful innovation to better meet client needs and to enhance business competitiveness. The substantial contribution that small construction firms make to the output of the industry signifies the importance for this body of firms to improve their innovation performance if the performance of the industry as a whole is to move forward. The literature on innovation in small construction firms is synthesized and structured around a generic model to provide a holistic picture of our current knowledge. Significant gaps in the understanding and practice of innovation in small construction literature are identified, which severely hamper understanding of the myriad complex and systemically interactive issues embodied within the theory and practice of innovation. The gaps identified by this literature synthesis are the basis for a number of important questions that, the authors propose, form an integrating agenda for future research.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Construction Management and Economics
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 01446193
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2007 10:56
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:02
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/682

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